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Recipe for Galaktoboureko, or Greek Custard Pie

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Galaktoboureko. Credit: Nostimo/Greek Reporter

Here’s a traditional recipe for the Greek dessert galaktoboureko, aka Greek milk, or custard, pie.

Greece is known around the world for its delicious cuisine, and Greek desserts are no exception to this rule. Classic flavors such as orange, cinnamon, honey, and sesame make Greek sweets some of the most delectable in the world.

This dessert is made up of layers of phyllo above and below, filled with custard, cut into square portions, or rolled into individual servings and smothered in a clear, sweet syrup. The custard may be flavored with lemon, orange, or rose water, or left plain.

It is sometimes throught of as being notoriously difficult to make, but galaktoboureko is one of the most popular desserts in Greece, and this recipe will make it much easier!

Galaktoboureko recipe

For the syrup:

Boil for 3 minutes and let cool down.

For the custard

  • MILK 28 fl oz/800ml
  • CREAM 7 fl oz/200ml
  • SEMOLINA 3.5 oz/100gr
  • VANILLA ¼ tsp

Stir for 1 minute!

  • EGGS 4
  • BUTTER 2 oz/60gr
  • SUGAR 8 oz/230gr

Stir until it becomes thickened.

For the galaktoboureko base:

Get a baking pan and spread melted butter on the bottom of it.

  • Take the first sheet of phyllo and spread melted butter all over
  • Take a second sheet and spread melted butter all over it as well.

Add 2 cups of the custard on top of the buttered phyllo sheets.

Wrap up the sheets into a roll and spread melted butter on the edges of the roll. Once you place the rolls in the pan pour more melted butter on top of them.


  • Bake in a preheated oven 338°F/170°C for 1/2 hour.
  • Add syrup and let it absorb into the glaktoboureko for a few minutes.
  • Add Cinnamon (optional)


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