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GALACTOBOUREKO - GREEK PHYLLO AND CUSTARD DESSERT
A definitely Greek dessert! Rich and delicious.
RECIPE PRINTED FROM: THEGUTSYGOURMET.NET©
INGREDIENTS: Makes: 24 Pieces
For the filling:
• 6 cups milk
• 1-1/4 cup fine semolina (you can substitute Farina)
• 6 egg yolks
• 1/2 cup sugar
• 1 tbsp. vanilla extract
• 2 tbsp. unsalted butter
For the syrup:
• 1 cup sugar
• 1 cup water
• 2 inch piece of lemon rind
• 2 inch piece of orange rind
• Juice of 1/2 a lemon
• 1 lb. phyllo pastry sheets
• ˝ lb. of unsalted butter, melted or Clarified butter, Ghee
1. In a large saucepan, heat the milk over medium high heat until just boiling. Add the semolina and
stir with a whisk. Lower the heat to medium low.
2. Using a whisk, beat the egg yolks with the sugar. Ladle a cup of the warmed milk into the egg
mixture to temper and then add the egg yolk mixture to the pot.
3. Continue to cook over medium low heat until the cream starts to thicken, stirring continuously.
4. When the custard has thickened, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and the butter.
DIRECTIONS: Unwrap the Phyllo:
1. Carefully remove the Phyllo roll from the plastic sleeve. Most packages come in 12 x 18 inch sheets
when opened fully. Using a scissor or sharp knife, cut the sheets in half to make two stacks of 9x12
inch sheets. To prevent drying, cover one stack with wax paper and a damp paper towel while
working with the other.
✚ Preheat the oven to 350℉.
DIRECTIONS: Assemble the Galaktoboureko:
1. Using a pastry brush, brush the bottom and sides of a 9 x 12 rectangular pan. You will use
approximately half the phyllo sheets for the bottom of the pastry. Begin by layering sheets one by
one in the bottom of the pan, making sure to brush each one thoroughly with melted butter.
2. When you have almost layered half the sheets, drape two sheets of phyllo so that they extend half
in the pan and half out of the pan horizontally.
3. Add the custard in an even layer on top of the sheets, smoothing the surface with a spatula.
4. Fold the phyllo sheet flaps in over the custard layer. Add the remaining sheets on top, brushing each
sheet with melted butter.
5. Before baking, score the top layer of phyllo (making sure not to puncture the filling layer) to enable
easier cutting of pieces later. I place the pan in the freezer for about 10 to 15 minutes to harden
the top layers and then use a serrated knife.
6. Bake in a preheated oven for 45 minutes or until the phyllo turns a deep golden color.
DIRECTIONS: While the Galaktoboureko is baking, prepare the syrup:
1. Combine the sugar and water in a saucepan and add the lemon peel and orange peel. Boil over
medium high heat for approximately 10 – 15 minutes. Remove the lemon and orange peel and stir
in the lemon juice. Remove from heat and set aside to cool.
Caution: Do not pour hot syrup over the hot custard. Allow both to cool to room temperature
and then carefully ladle the syrup over the galaktoboureko and allow time for it to be absorbed.
NOTE: ALTHOUGH NOT THE EXACT RECIPE PRESENTED, THE VIDEO BELOW MIGHT BE OF HELP TO YOU.
U-TUBE VIDEO - HOW TO MAKE GALACTOBOUREKO
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