Galaktoboureka, delicious Greek dessert prepared by making a custard with fine semolina, eggs and sugar flavoured either with lemon or orange in phyllo...Its may be made in pan or with phyllo layered on top or else rolled into individual for long servings...This phyllo pastry looks similar like French dessert called Mille-feuille,phyllo sheets baked with custard and finally this pastry is soaked with lemon flavoured or orange flavored clear syrup with sugar..The name galaktoboureko comes from the word milk in greek and bourek is the Turkish origin word burek for pies which means the milk pie or custard pie...Its a real treat to enjoy while snack time with coffee or tea time or else as dessert after lunch...I enjoyed making and everyone at home relished each and every spoon of this custard filled phyllo pastry, obviously this pastry goes directly to AWED-Greek guest hosted by CL, event by DK, also this delicious pastry goes to Champa's Bake Off Event...
1cup Semolina (finely grind)
1/2tsp Lemon peel (grated)
1tsp Lemon juice
1/4cup Melted butter
10sheet Phyllo sheetsFor Syrup:
2tbsp Lemon juice
1tbsp Lemon peel(grated)
Make the syrup:
Bring the sugar, water to boil in medium heat, add the lemon peel and cook everything simmer for 10 minutes, remove from the heat and add the lemon juice,set aside and let them cool..
Beat the eggs with sugar until it turns creamy and smooth, add the semolina, lemon juice and grated lemon peel and beat for few minutes...Continue beating and add the milk and 2tbsp melted butter...beat for another few minutes until the mixture turns light and fluffy..
Preheat the oven to 350F and pour the filling into a pot and heat the pot over the stove top in medium flame..stir until the filling mixture turns thick..remove from the heat and keep aside..
Brush a rectangular baking pan with melted butter, take the 5sheets from the phyllo dough...Lay one sheet of phyllo on the bottom of the pan, brush the phyllo on the bottom of the pan with butter. Lay another sheet over the first, brush with butter, and continue until half the phyllo sheets have been used.Give the custard a quick whisk and spoon over the bottom layer of phyllo sheets, spreading evenly so it covers the bottom out to the sides with no gaps and no air bubbles.
Using the remaining phyllo sheets, place them one at a time on top of the filling, extending out the side opposite the bottom sheets. Brush each with butter, then one at a time, fold in the extending pieces butter the tops. When all the phyllo has been folded in and corners folded in, brush the top with butter.
Cut the galaktoboureko into serving-sized pieces using a very sharp knife to cut all the way through to the bottom. The phyllo and custard filling are delicate so cut with care.Bake for 30minutes in the middle rack of the oven.Remove from the oven and pour the cooled syrup evenly over the hot pastry. Set aside and allow to cool and absorb the syrup..