Galaktoboureko is a traditional Greek dessert made with layers of golden-brown crispy phyllo, sprinkled with melted butter and then filled with the creamiest custard and bathed in scented syrup.. and is quite simply heavenly!!!   This is a very easy to follow Galaktoboureko recipe for you to recreate this traditional sweet delight from scratch with Olympian Semolina and Vanilla Powder.

Galaktobouriko Greek Custard Dessert

Total Time1 hr
Course: Dessert
Keyword: semolina, vanilla powder
Servings: 1 dish


  • 1 cup

    Olympian Semolina Fine

  • 1 tsp

    Olympian Vanilla Powder

  • 8 cups Milk
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 5 Egg yolks
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Lemon rind
  • 700 g Filo Pastry
  • 3/4 cup Unsalted butter

Syrup Mixture

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 cups Water
  • 1 Cinnamon stick


  • In a sauce pan add sugar eggs and milk. Bring to boil stirring frequently.
  • Add to hot mixture Semolina, vanilla powder and lemon rind. Stir until mixture thickens.
    Once the mixture has thickened turn off the stove.
  • Melt Butter and brush each filo pastry individually adding one by one in a deep pan. Once
    you have layered half the packet (approx.10 sheets).
  • Pour custard cream in the pan once bottom filo pastry has been laid.
  • Brush the remainder of filo pastry (approx. 10 sheets) and place on top of custard cream.
  • Butter the top of the last pastry sheet well.
  • Get a sharp knife and place cuts in you filo pastry into desired sizes.
  • Bake for approximately 170˚ for 50 minutes.
  • Whilst baking prepare syrup by adding all the ingredients, simmer until you have a nice syrup. Let it cool.
  • Once your pastry is a golden colour, remove from the over and poor cool syrup over pastry. Cool and Serve.