Galactoboureko I Recipe - Authentic Greek Dessert

Galactoboureko I

Galactoboureko I Recipe - Authentic Greek Dessert
Region / culture: Greece | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 30 minutes | Servings: 12


Galactoboureko I
Galactoboureko I

Galactoboureko is a traditional Greek dessert made with layers of crispy filo pastry and a creamy custard filling, topped with a sweet syrup. This decadent dessert is a favorite among many and is perfect for special occasions or gatherings.


Galactoboureko has its origins in Greece and is a popular dessert in Greek cuisine. The name "Galactoboureko" comes from the Greek words "galacto," meaning milk, and "boureko," meaning pastry. This dessert has been enjoyed for generations and is often served during holidays and celebrations.




How to prepare

  1. First, prepare the custard: scald the milk and let it cool to a warm temperature.
  2. Add the sugar and farina to the milk.
  3. Beat the mixture for 10 minutes until it becomes fluffy.
  4. In a separate bowl, beat the eggs until fluffy.
  5. Slowly add some of the milk mixture to the beaten eggs while beating on medium speed. Then, return the egg mixture to the milk mixture and blend well.
  6. Cook the mixture slowly over low heat, stirring constantly, until it thickens. This should take about 20 minutes.
  7. Allow the custard to cool completely and then chill it.
  8. The custard should have a thick and creamy consistency.
  9. Now, let's assemble the pastry: butter 6 whole filo sheets and overlap them in a buttered 9 x 13 pan so that part of the filo laps over the edges of the pan.
  10. Spread the entire filling on top of the filo sheets.
  11. Flip the edges of the filo over to cover the filling.
  12. Cover the filling with 6 more buttered filo sheets, overlapping and covering them as before.
  13. Work quickly to prevent the filo from drying out.
  14. Prior to baking, score the top of the filo by making shallow cuts.
  15. Bake the pastry in a preheated oven at 350°F (177°C) for 20 to 30 minutes, or until it turns golden brown.
  16. While the pastry is baking, prepare the syrup by boiling all the syrup ingredients for 10 minutes.
  17. Once the pastry has cooled, pour the hot syrup over it.


  • Add a layer of chopped nuts, such as walnuts or almonds, between the filo and custard for added texture and flavor.
  • Substitute the traditional custard filling with a flavored custard, such as chocolate or vanilla, for a unique twist on this classic dessert.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Be sure to butter each layer of filo pastry generously to ensure a crispy and flaky texture.

- When making the custard, be sure to stir constantly to prevent lumps from forming.

- Allow the custard to cool completely before assembling the pastry to prevent it from becoming too runny.

- When pouring the hot syrup over the pastry, be sure to do so slowly to allow it to soak in evenly.

Serving Suggestions

Galactoboureko is best served warm with a dusting of powdered sugar and a sprinkle of cinnamon. It pairs well with a cup of Greek coffee or a glass of sweet dessert wine.

Cooking Techniques

When assembling the pastry, be sure to work quickly to prevent the filo from drying out and becoming brittle.

- To achieve a crispy and golden brown top, bake the pastry in a preheated oven at a high temperature.

Ingredient Substitutions

If you don't have farina on hand, you can substitute it with semolina or cornstarch.

- For a dairy-free version, you can use almond milk or coconut milk in place of regular milk in the custard.

Make Ahead Tips

Galactoboureko can be assembled ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator until ready to bake. The syrup can also be made in advance and stored in the refrigerator until ready to use.

Presentation Ideas

Serve Galactoboureko on a decorative platter garnished with fresh berries or mint leaves for a beautiful presentation.

Pairing Recommendations

Galactoboureko pairs well with a variety of beverages, such as Greek coffee, tea, or a glass of dessert wine. It also pairs well with fresh fruit or a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Galactoboureko can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, place individual servings in the microwave for a few seconds or in a preheated oven at 350°F (177°C) for 5-10 minutes, or until warmed through.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Galactoboureko contains approximately 300 calories.


Each serving of Galactoboureko contains approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Each serving of Galactoboureko contains approximately 15 grams of fats.


Each serving of Galactoboureko contains approximately 5 grams of proteins.

Vitamins and minerals

Galactoboureko is not a significant source of vitamins and minerals.


Galactoboureko contains dairy (milk, eggs) and gluten (filo pastry), making it unsuitable for those with dairy or gluten allergies.


Galactoboureko is a rich and indulgent dessert that is high in carbohydrates and fats. It is best enjoyed in moderation as a special treat.


Galactoboureko is a delicious and indulgent Greek dessert made with layers of crispy filo pastry and a creamy custard filling, topped with a sweet syrup. This dessert is perfect for special occasions and gatherings, and is sure to impress your guests with its rich and decadent flavors.

How did I get this recipe?

I recall the feeling of curiosity that overcame me when I found this recipe for Galactoboureko. It was tucked away in an old cookbook that I had inherited from my great-grandmother, along with countless other recipes that had been passed down through generations. The name itself was intriguing - Galactoboureko. It sounded exotic and mysterious, and I knew that I had to try making it.

I had always been passionate about cooking, and over the years I had acquired a vast collection of recipes from various places and people. But there was something special about this particular recipe. It was unlike anything I had ever seen before, with its layers of phyllo pastry filled with a rich and creamy custard, drizzled with sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon. It seemed like a labor of love, a true masterpiece of Greek cuisine.

I set out to learn more about this unique dessert, researching its origins and techniques. I discovered that Galactoboureko is a traditional Greek dish, popular at celebrations and special occasions. It is made with a few simple ingredients - milk, sugar, semolina, eggs, and phyllo pastry - but the process of making it is quite complex. It requires patience, skill, and precision to achieve the perfect balance of textures and flavors.

As I delved deeper into the world of Galactoboureko, I found myself drawn to the stories and traditions that surrounded this dish. I learned that it has been enjoyed by Greeks for centuries, passed down from mother to daughter, grandmother to granddaughter. Each family has its own unique recipe, its own special twist on this classic dessert.

I decided to try my hand at making Galactoboureko, following the recipe that I had found in my great-grandmother's cookbook. I gathered the ingredients and set to work, carefully measuring and mixing, folding and layering, baking and boiling. It was a laborious process, but I found it strangely satisfying, like solving a puzzle or creating a work of art.

The kitchen was filled with the aroma of buttery phyllo pastry and creamy custard, mingling with the scent of cinnamon and sugar. My family gathered around, curious and eager to taste the fruits of my labor. When the Galactoboureko was finally finished, golden and glistening, I knew that I had succeeded. The layers were crisp and flaky, the custard was smooth and velvety, the syrup was sweet and sticky. It was a triumph, a masterpiece of culinary art.

As we sat down to enjoy the Galactoboureko, I shared the story of how I had discovered the recipe and the journey that had led me to this moment. My family listened intently, savoring each bite of the delicious dessert. They marveled at the flavors and textures, the complexity and simplicity of this ancient dish. And as we ate, we felt connected to a tradition that stretched back through the generations, linking us to our ancestors and their love of good food.

In the years that followed, I made Galactoboureko many times, perfecting the recipe and adding my own twists and variations. I shared it with friends and neighbors, who were always delighted by its exotic flavors and delicate textures. And each time I made it, I felt a sense of pride and accomplishment, knowing that I was carrying on a tradition that had been passed down to me.

Now, as I look back on those days in the kitchen, surrounded by the warmth and smells of baking, I realize how much I have learned from my pursuit of Galactoboureko. It has taught me patience and perseverance, creativity and ingenuity, and above all, a deep appreciation for the culinary arts. And I am grateful for the journey that led me to this delicious and extraordinary dessert.


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