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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Greek Pastichio

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Greek Pastichio is one of my favorite dishes and we make it very often in our house. I love when my mom makes us some pastichio and I learned everything for this dish from her.
Yes, many describe this dish as, “the Greek lasagna”, but we got a whole different flavor profile in this dish. Definitely give this a try, you will love it! To see this video demo of this visit my Youtube page & hit subscribe: DespinasGreekEats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DV66tHUqLHE
*Recipe*
– Ingredients for the bechamel sauce –
1 cup unsalted butter
1 cup flour
2 1/2 cups milk
Salt, pepper & fresh nutmeg
– Ingredients for the ground beef filling –
1 lb ground beef
1 onion mined finely
1 cup tomato sauce
Salt, pepper & olive oil
– Ingredients for the pasta filling –
1/2 package of Pastichio pasta (if you cannot find, you can use penne)
6 eggs
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
Salt, pepper

*How to make the bechamel sauce*
1. In a pot melt the butter.
2. Add the flour slowly and once all is added keep stirring and cook for about 1 minute.
3. Add in the milk and stir until you get a slightly thick pouring consistency.
4. Add a big pinch of salt and pepper. Then grind in about 1/2 a tsp of fresh nutmeg.
*How to make the ground beef filling*
1. In a pan, pour about 1 tsp of olive oil and saute the onions until you start smelling them and they soften a little.
2. Add in the ground beef and cook until it browns.
3. Add in the tomato sauce, a pinch of salt and pepper and let the mixture cook down until there isn’t a lot of liquid left.
*How to make the pasta filling*
1. In a large pot, add water about 3/4 of the way up.
2. Once it boils, add a large pinch of salt.
3. Add the pasta in and cook for 11 minutes.
4. Strain the pasta and let it cool down for about 5 minutes.
5. Once the pasta has cooled slightly, add in the eggs, feta, a pinch of salt and pepper.
— Assembly —
1. In a baking dish, grease it and on the bottom add 4 sheets on filo dough.
2. Add the pasta filling over the filo dough.
3. Add the ground beef over the pasta.
4. Lastly, add the bechamel sauce as the top layer.
5. Bake in a 450 degree oven for about 50 minutes or until golden brown.