Isn’t she pretty? I first saw this dessert being made by Vefa Alexiadou, the grand dame of Greek cookery (and friend). Vefa released Vefa’s Kitchen, this huge cookbook that’s a must for anyone who is serious about Greek cooking.
Vefa came to the US a few years ago to promote the book and she made a stop into Martha Stewart’s kitchen to show her how to make Galatopita aka Milk Pie. As you can see, it’s real easy and the result is nothing short of stunning and delicious.
A treat for kids and grown-ups, good to serve as part of a breakfast or as a dessert with Greek coffee.
Galatopita, A Ruffled Milk Pie
12-14 sheets of commercial phyllo (go with President’s Choice)*
6-8 Tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
for the custard
3 cups of whole milk
6 large eggs
1 1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
icing sugar for finishing + ground cinnamon
pre-heated 350F oven (middle rack)
- Brush the inside of a round 14″ X 2″ cake pan with butter. Take out a sheet of phyllo and place on your work surface and drizzle with melted butter.
- Using your hands, gather/fold the phyllo to form a ruffled look then wind it in a spiral to form a spiral shape. Place in the center of your pan.
- Repeat with the other sheets of phyllo, and continue to form the spiral shape that is forming until you’ve covered the entire surface of your pan.
- Just brush the top with melted butter and sprinkle the phyllo with cinnamon. Place in your pre-heated oven for 15-20 minutes or until golden, take out of oven.
- Meanwhile, make the custard my placing the milk in a pot and bringing up to scalding temperature. In a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar and vanilla and whisk until creamed. Slowly ladle the scalded milk into the egg mixture while vigorously whisking.
- Evenly ladle the custard mixture over the ruffled phyllo, place back in oven and bake for another 25-30 minutes (or until custard has set. Take out of the oven and allow to rest five minutes.
- Finish with a good dusting of icing sugar and some cinnamon and cut into wedges, serve.
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