Galaktoboureko is a traditional Greek dessert featuring a custard in a crispy phyllo pastry shell. My mom got this recipe from a coworker and made it regularly when I was young. After all these years, it's still a family favorite. I hope that everyone enjoys it as much as we do.

Prep Time:
1 hr 40 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins
16 squares


  • 2 ½ cups white sugar, divided

  • 1 cup semolina flour

  • 3 ½ tablespoons cornstarch

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • 6 cups whole milk

  • 6 large eggs

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • ¾ cup butter, melted

  • 12 sheets phyllo dough

  • 1 cup water


  1. Whisk 1 cup sugar, semolina, cornstarch, and salt together in a medium bowl until no cornstarch clumps remain.

  2. Bring milk to a boil in a large saucepan over medium heat. Gradually stir in semolina mixture with a wooden spoon. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens and comes to a full boil. Remove from the heat and keep warm.

  3. Beat eggs in a large bowl with an electric mixer on high speed. Add 1/2 cup sugar and beat for a full 10 minutes until thick and pale. Stir in vanilla. Fold mixture into the hot semolina mixture. Partially cover the pan and set aside to cool.

  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  5. Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish. Place one phyllo sheet into the pan and brush with melted butter; repeat with six more sheets. Pour custard into the pan, then add the remaining phyllo sheets, one at a time, brushing each with butter.

  6. Bake in the preheated oven until top crust is crisp and custard filling has set, 40 to 45 minutes.

  7. When the custard is just about finished baking, stir remaining 1 cup sugar and water together in a small saucepan; bring to a boil.

  8. Remove custard from the oven and spoon hot syrup over top, particularly around the edges. Let cool to room temperature, then cut into 16 squares and serve.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

367 Calories
14g Fat
52g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 367
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 14g 18%
Saturated Fat 8g 40%
Cholesterol 102mg 34%
Sodium 224mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 52g 19%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Protein 8g
Calcium 120mg 9%
Iron 1mg 6%
Potassium 190mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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