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Greek custard pie with phyllo – Bougatsa

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Greek custard pie with phyllo – Bougatsa


For the custard

  • In a pot, add the milk and sugar, and transfer over medium heat until the milk comes to a boil.
  • Add the semolina and stir with a hand whisk, until the cream thickens.
  • Remove from the heat and add the vanilla extract, lemon zest, cold butter, and mix until the butter melts.
  • Add the yolks, salt, and mix.
  • Transfer the custard into a bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place it into the refrigerator to cool well. Make sure that the plastic wrap touches the surface of the custard, so it does not make a crust while cooling.

For the phyllo

  • In a mixer’s bowl, add the flour, salt, water, and 50 g of the melted butter.
  • Beat with the paddle attachment for 5-7 minutes at high speed, until there is an elastic dough.
  • Remove from the bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let it rest for 20 minutes.
  • Remove the plastic wrap and cut into 4 pieces. Shape into balls and place them into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let the dough rest for 20 more minutes.
  • Take two of the dough balls and roll them out into small discs. Spread them onto a baking pan, cover with plastic wrap, and let them rest for 20 minutes.

To assemble

  • Preheat the oven to 170ο C (338ο F) set to fan.
  • Spread your working surface with melted butter and place the first dough. Roll it out softly with a rolling pin, not from the center but from its sides.
  • Then, carefully spread the sides of the dough all around with your hands, by pulling the corners of the dough.
  • Follow the same process, until you have a very thin phyllo.
  • Spread ¼ of the butter and cut strips around the phyllo in order to form a parallelogram. Place the strips in the center of the phyllo.
  • Add half of the filling in the center and close it like a folder. Set aside.
  • Roll out the second dough in the same way, and spread ¼ of the melted butter.
  • Place the bougatsa in the center of the phyllo, with the folded side facing down. Roll softly with the rolling pin, and fold the outer phyllo like a folder.
  • Transfer the bougatsa, with the folded side facing down, into a baking pan lined with parchment paper and bake for 40-50 minutes.
  • Follow the above process for the other two doughs as well. You can bake the second bougatsa too, or you can put it in the freezer.

To serve

  • Cut the bougatsa into small pieces, dust with icing sugar, cinnamon, and serve.
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Nutrition information per portion

Calories (kcal)
11 %


Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

Total Fat (g)
12 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

Saturated Fat (g)
24 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

Total Carbs (g)
12 %


The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

Sugars (g)
12 %


Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

Protein (g)
10 %


It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

Fibre (g)
4 %


They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

Sodium (g)
9 %


A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.

*The nutritional chart and the symbols refer to the basic recipe and not to the serving suggestions.

*To calculate nutritional table data, we use software by Nutritics logo

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