Don’t let the name of this dessert – Galaktoboureko – scare you! This Greek dessert combines custard and purchased phyllo dough into a lovely creation beloved by Greeks and those that enjoy Greek food. Read on to get the recipe and don’t forget to Share, Comment or Subscribe!
Galaktoboureko, is the Greek dessert served at our recent Greek Feast.
Greek Dessert – Galaktoboureko
One of my favorite things about going into small town bakeries, like the one near my cabin, is seeing how the baked goods reflect the heritage of the people that have settled in that area. If you find kolackies, you know you have Polish heritage. If you find kringles, you have Scandinavian heritage, and so forth. Desserts just have a way of tying us to our heritage. It’s probably because they are something our Mom or Grandmother made for us. I am sure that Galaktoboureko is that kind of dessert for those of Greek decent.
Carol and Mike were the couple that treated us to Galaktoboureko at our Greek-themed Gourmet club. In true tradition, this dessert featured the familiar Greek staple, phyllo pastry. You may be familiar with phyllo if you’ve ever enjoyed baklava, another great Greek dessert. Galaktoboureko adds a homey custard made with semolina flour, between top and bottom layers of butter brushed phyllo. It’s then baked and cooled to room temperature before serving.
When this was served for our Greek Feast, we needed a little extra pizzazz for the photo. Our clever hostess Lynda, jumped in and added a sprig of mint and a drizzle of balsamic glaze drizzle. Very pretty! The glaze also added a lovely flavor to the baked custard as well. If you can’t find a balsamic glaze it’s very easy to make. Just reduce balsamic wine vinegar slowly until it reaches a syrupy consistency. Voila, balsamic glaze!