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 🙂
GREEK CUSTARD PIE (BOUGATSA)
- 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 sidand 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.