Bougatsa: Greek Sweet Custard Phyllo Pie 

I have a special treat for you guys. Are you ready for this?
Sweet custard, with a delicious flaky crust, made up of phyllo dough. One of my ALL time favorite Greek desserts!!!
Let’s get our bougatsa on, shall we?!

Bougatsa ~ Greek phyllo custard pie

Bougatsa: Greek Sweet Custard Phyllo Pie 


  • 1 box of phyllo
  • 4 cups of whole milk (I use clover milk)
  • 1 cup organic sugar
  • 1 cup of semolina (purchase here)
  • 1 tablespoon of vanilla flavoring
  • 4 eggs
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • 2/3 cups unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon zest

*Reserve Cinnamon, and powdered sugar.


  1.  Pour milk into a saucepan and add the lemon zest. Stir in semolina with a wooden spoon and make sure its mixed in and blended. (You don’t want any clumps.) Remove from heat and let it cool down.
  2. Combine sugar, salt, vanilla, and eggs in a medium bowl.  Whisk to combine.
  3. Slowly add the warm semolina mixture to the egg mixture and making sure to whisk fast so you don’t break the eggs.
  4. Let mixture cool down and prepare your phyllo dough.
  5. Layer the phyllo dough in a large baking dish. Brush the butter in the casserole dish, and start layering the phyllo dough. Brush each sheet with butter.
  6. Pour the custard over the phyllo dough and wrap the remaining phyllo over the top.
  7. Bake in the oven at 350 degrees until golden brown on top. Remove from heat and let cool. Dust with sugar and cinnamon powder. (You can try drizzling hot nutella over the top too.)

Kali Orexi!! 

Enjoy from Kouzounas Kitchen. 💙



  1. I should have not looked at this without first checking to see if I have the ingredients to make it (although it wouldn’t be half as good as yours) or if a local Greek pastry shop is open so I can buy something similar. My eyes say “delicious” and I’m sure everyone who tried it said the same!

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  2. Now you have made my day – I have been looking for this for so long. WIthout further adoe, I will be following your blog and would like to know if you may be interested to be a Guest poster with us, and share some of your awesome recipes on our blog?

    Have a look at: and leave me a note in the comments of this post, with a link to your recipe, if you’re interested. That will be just fantastic. Hope to hear from you soon 😊

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    • Hi,
      Thank you for stopping by. Unfortunately I do not have a diples recipe in the book, maybe in my second book? 🙂 I can most certainly send you a recipe if you like. Really our name is common out in Maine? That is super neat! They must be our relatives.

      Very nice to meet you!!
      -Chef Krystina Kalapothakos


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