Spiral Custard Phyllo Pastries
Bougatsa is a Greek breakfast pastry consisting of either semolina custard, cheese, or minced meat filling between layers of phyllo.
Bougatsa is prepared from phyllo dough wrapped around a filling. After it is baked, it is cut into serving pieces and served hot. If the filling is semolina custard, then the pastry may be lightly dusted with powdered sugar and/or cinnamon.
Most modern bougatsa is made with machine-made phyllo, but some cafes and bakeries selling hand-made bougatsa still exist, especially in smaller towns and villages of Greece.
*4 ¼ cups of whole milk
*1 pack Phyllo dough sheets
*sliced peel of 1 lemon
*1 ¼ cups of granulated sugar
*¾ cup of fine semolina
*Butter for brushing
*¼ teaspoon of vanilla extract
*Cinnamon & Icing sugar for sprinkling
Warm the milk and lemon peel in a saucepan. Stir in semolina until the mixture is thick.
In a mixing bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, and vanilla until light and add to the pan, stirring over medium-low heat until it reaches a creamy custard consistency.
Remove from heat, take out and discard lemon peel, and allow to cool completely.
Lay out one of the phyllo sheets and brush with butter.
Place a second sheet of phyllo on top and spread custard lengthwise and carefully roll lengthwise.
Then, take the rolled phyllo and shape into a snail, and place on a buttered oven pan. Repeat the process with the remaining custard
After all pies are placed on the pan, lightly butter and bake in a preheated over at 170C for 30 min, until golden.
Sprinkle with cinnamon, icing sugar and serve.