This is Aki’s version of one of the all-time favorite traditional Greek desserts called “Galaktoboureko”! A creamy custard made from semolina, wrapped in sheets of phyllo and soaked in syrup! It is actually a very fresh and delicate tasting sweet that you will love!
For the syrup
- Combine the sugar, water, cinnamon stick and lemon rind (no pith) in a pot. Place over heat and bring to a boil
- As soon as it comes to a boil, mix with a sponn to make sure the sugar has dissolved completely. The mixture should be translucent.
- When ready, add the honey and remove from heat. Give it a stir and set the syrup aside to cool.
For the custard filling
- Beat the eggs along with half the sugar in a mixer for 3-4 minutes.
- The mixture needs to become very fluffy and become a light meringue and set aside until needed.
- In a pot, add the heavy cream, milk, the remaining sugar, a pinch of salt, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Place over medium to high heat and bring to a boil.
- As soon as you see that the mixture is bubbling, add the semolina and whisk for about 3-4 minutes until it thickens.
- When the whisk leaves streaks in the mixture, it means it has thickened enough and it is ready.
- Remove from heat and ad the butter. Continue whisking until the butter melts and is completely incorporated.
- Use a spatula and transfer mixture to a mixer's bowl. Beat for 4-5 minutes, until the mixture cools a little. Turn off the mixture and check that it is lukewarm.
- When ready, add the egg to the bowl and gently fold with a spoon. Your custard filling is ready.
- Preheat oven to 160* C (320* F) Fan.
- Melt the butter in the microwave or in a saucepan. Generously brush a 25x35 cm or 35x40 cm baking pan with some of the melted butter.
- Start assembling the pie by spreading a sheet of phyllo dough in the pan and drizzle with butter. Do not brush the butter straight on to the phyllo, drizzle it from above.
- Repeat the same process with the remainng 5 sheets of phyllo dough. Very gently press down on the phyllo with your hands, just a little.
- Spread the custard on top and turn in the phyllo that is hanging over the edges. Drizzle with butter.
- Set 1 sheet of phyllo dough aside and add the remaining sheets over the custard, drizzling each one with melted butter in the same way as before.
- Carefully cover with the final sheet you set aside. Use your pastry brush to help you turn it inwards, towards the bottom of the pan to seal the sweet.
- Drizzle a generous amount of melted butter over the top of the sweet and spray with some water.
- Score the top of the pie into 10-12 pieces and then cut into them and pour the remaining butter on top.
- Bake for 1 ½ hours or until golden brown and crunchy.
- When ready, remove from oven and immediately pour the cold syrup over the pie.