Greek Galaktoboureko (Sweet Custard Pie)

Galaktoboureko is a traditional Greek sweet with crispy filo dough and a silky custard filling, topped with a clear sweet simple syrup. This can be made any time of the year and it will be just as satisfying. This yummy dessert is definitely one that is pretty sweet, so it would be great to have with some Greek coffee (coffee recipe in my last post).
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Here’s the recipe!

Ingredients for the syrup:
1 1/2 cups water
1 1/2 cups sugar
3 tsp honey
Peel of 1 lemon

Ingredients for the filling:
3 1/2 cups milk
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 1/2 cups semolina flour
4 eggs
1 1/4 cups sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbsp butter

Baking dish
1 packet of filo dough

How to make the syrup:
1) In a small pot, add the water, sugar, honey and lemon peel and boil for 5 minutes. Let it cool completely.

How to make the filling:
1) In a pot, add to it the milk, heavy cream and semolina flour and heat under a medium-low temperature.
2) Whisk the eggs in a separate bowl.
3) Take some of the heated milk mixture and add some into the eggs, while whisking, to bring up the temperature of the eggs so it can be added back into the milk mixture without curdling. This method is called tempering.
4) Once the temperature of the eggs goes up a bit, add them back into the pot and whisk continuously until the mixture becomes thick.
5) When you start seeing the mixture thicken up, add the sugar and vanilla extract to it.
6) Once it thickens up nicely, take the filling off the heat and add to it the butter until it melts.

Assembly:
1) Melt some butter and grease a baking dish well.
2) Take the filo dough, sheet by sheet, and lay on the bottom of the baking dish creating about 5 layers and buttering well in between each layer.
3) Pour all of the custard on top on the filo dough and spread out evenly.
4) Repeat step 2 over the filling and butter the top well.
5) Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until the filo is golden brown and crispy.
6) Once you take it out of the oven, let it cool for about 10 minutes. After it cools a bit pour the syrup all of it and serve room temperature!

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Grilled Greek Chicken

Chicken breast can be used in many dishes and it is great during the spring and summer seasons to be grilled. You can easily marinate chicken, which gives it lots of flavor, but a great way that gives a lot of flavor is by using a dry rub.
The first thing to do when using chicken breast or any meat in general, is letting it get to room temperature before grilling. It helps it cook evenly and efficiently. Another great way of having chicken breast cook evenly is pounding it out to the same thickness. Place the chicken breast in between two sheets of clear wrap and use the flat side of a meat tenderizer to flatten the chicken out.
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-Now the way I make the grilled chicken breast Greek is by three simple spices: Salt, pepper & dried Greek oregano. That’s it. Keep it simple! The Greek oregano itself bring such a beautiful, earthy aroma to the chicken and that’s what I love about it. One more thing you can do to add a little pop of freshness and acidity is lemon zest, which will only make this even better!
-So after you have pounded out the chicken breast, all you have to do is add the spices to both sides of the chicken breasts. You don’t have to rub it on, it will stay just fine.
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*Make sure you do not cross contaminate anything. Use the same tools for raw chicken when handling it and use a different tools for handling cooked chicken. You want to eat yummy Greek seasoned chicken breast, not salmonella!*
– When it comes to grilling the chicken I usually keep the fire on a medium direct heat. You want to make sure your chicken gets to 165 degrees, which is the recommended safe internal temperature. The best thing to do is invest in a thermometer for food. The total time to cook the chicken takes around 10-15 minutes. This honestly depends on your grill, whether you are grilling inside or outside and it you are cooking it with the grill cover closed. This is why it is important to have a thermometer because all appliances are different.
– After the chicken is done let it rest a bit. You want to preserve those beautiful juices on the inside. Use this over salad, side with rice and vegetables, you will love it!
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