Galktoboureko – Greek Custard Dessert

Galktoboureko – Greek Custard Dessert

Brian CampbellCamfam Cookery
There are some advantages in living in the largest Greek community in the US. This is one of them!
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Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine Greek
Servings 24
Calories 782 kcal


  • 1 Saucepan
  • 1 9″ x 13″ Baking Dish


  • 1 cup Cream of Wheat i.e. fine semolina
  • 1 ½ cup sugar
  • 5 eggs
  • 6 cup milk
  • 1 vanilla bean
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 16 sheets of phyllo
  • ½ cup butter melted
  • ground cinnamon for sprinkling


  • ¾ cup honey Greek Thyme honey or Orange Blossom honey, preferably
  • 1 cup water
  • ½ cup sugar
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Preheat oven to 375˚ F
  • In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, semolina, milk, and scrape 1 vanilla bean.
  • Stir continuously over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and add grated zest and eggs ( lightly beaten) while stirring.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes.
  • Don’t start buttering your phyllo sheets, until you finish the adding the eggs to your cream or it will dry out.
  • Melt butter and brush phyllo leaves.
  • Arrange about eight leaves on bottom of rectangular pan.(9″ x 13“)
  • Pour in cooled custard.
  • Butter another eight leaves and arrange them one over the other.
  • Make several cuts with a knife to allow steam to escape.
  • Bake in middle of oven at 375˚ F for about 35 minutes or until golden and custard has puffed.
  • Meanwhile, mix all syrup ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil and simmer gently until slightly thickened and reduced by about 1/4.
  • Let completely cool.
  • Pour cooled syrup over hot custard. Adjust the quantity of syrup to your liking .
  • Sprinkle with cinnamon.


Serving: 1SquareCalories: 782kcalCarbohydrates: 138gProtein: 17gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 17mgSodium: 991mgPotassium: 278mgFiber: 5gSugar: 33gVitamin A: 219IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 170mgIron: 10mg
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