Greek Custard Pie (Bougatsa)

I’ve been working on my baking skills this week, mainly because the holidays are coming up.  I haven’t made any Christmas Cookies or Cakes these past few years, so as I’m sitting here thinking what should I add to my Christmas baking list. 🙂

I have wanted to make this pastry for a while and I found Semolina at the supermarket so I gave it try yesterday and it turned out so creamy and delicious.  This Custard pie a popular  breakfast pastry in Greece as the  bagel is in the US…:)   This pie’s origin is from Northern Greece a city called Serres, and become very popular in Thessaloniki and then expanded to the rest of Greece.  It is eaten warm with sugar powder and cinnamon sprinkled all over.  Yummmyyyy!!! I forgot to mention that there is also another version of this pastry with a cheese filling..  I have tried it but it reminds me of eating a Cheese puff  (Tyropita) rather than the sweet taste of custard…:)

You can find shops/bakeries all around Greece that are open from very early in the morning for the morning rush hour, but there are shops that are open 24/7 for those who have been out late night and just wanted to eat something other than Souvlaki :).  Just a few ingredients are needed for this delicious sweet pastry.  Hope you enjoy 🙂


1.5 Liter Milk

250 grams Butter

1/2 cup Semolina

1 Vanilla power or 2 teaspoons Vanilla  extract

1 package Phyllo Dough

Powder Sugar





Melt butter in sauce pan.




Fold phyllo in half (one side overlapping the other side) and use a knife  to cut the middle.


Take a large sauce pan and add in the milk, sugar and vanilla.  Once the milk starts to boil add in the Semolina, boil on medium heat until the cream has thickened.



Butter the baking pan.


Take a phyllo sheet, place it into the baking pan, then push one side of the dough towards the other. 


Add the thicken cream, continue to lay the rest of the phyllo and the butter and make sure that all the edges have been covered with butter.  Take a fork or knife and push down all the edges of the dough into the baking pan.

Bake for 40 minutes depending on your oven.  Top with plenty of sugar powder and cinnamon.

Kali Orexi!!! 🙂



34 Comments Add yours

  1. Ritu says:

    These look delish!!!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you Ritu 🙂 very kind of you

  2. Please, send me a piece – or the whole pastry 🙂 It looks mouthwatering!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Ahhhh, thank you sweet lady!!

  3. Delicious pie, Sophie!!! If you can send me a piece as well, I would be happy and very thankful 😀 <3

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you Vero 🙂

      1. You are very welcome, dear! 🙂

  4. jyo says:

    Interesting recipe…now i m craving for this😊

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thanks Jyo…it tastes good too! 🙂

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you so much for always reblogging my posts…:)

  5. Megala says:

    Awesome ! This looks absolutely delicious & tempting !

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you Megala 🙂

  6. mistimaan says:

    Looks too yummy 🙂

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thanks!! 🙂

  7. One of my favorite Greek pies. It bring back memories from tasty trips to Greece. 🙂

    1. foodzesty says:

      Awww thank you. I am glad I brought back nice memories. 🙂

  8. dtills says:

    It looks fantastic Sophie! Fun to see you baking 🙂

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you so much Dee dee

  9. Such a beautiful and tasty treat!!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you very much!! 🙂

      1. Most welcome my dear!

  10. OMG you’re killing me, this looks soooo delicious and I love european baked goods. My waisteline is not getting any skinnier this way 🙂

    1. foodzesty says:

      Aww so sorry…:) But your absolutely beautiful so don’t worry about your waisteline 🙂

      1. I hope you know that this was said in the most loving way possible 🙂 and I thank you for your kind words. :0)

      2. foodzesty says:

        Ohhh yes!!!! I know hehehehehe

  11. Such a yummy pastry! Would love to try it!😋😍

  12. This looks so yummy!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Thank you so much for your kind words!! 🙂

  13. orlando788 says:

    I love desserts and this looks lovely!

    1. foodzesty says:

      Awww your very kind thank you 🙂

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