Our theme for September, foods of Greece, I have been wanting to try a new bread recipe and this seemed like the perfect time. So, I researched Pinterest and found a Pita Bread and Gyro recipe and Casserole Gal Rachel has already posted a Tzatziki recipe.
I used How to make Perfect Pita Bread from The View from Great Island. I had fun making them, they didn't turn out perfect but, they were tasty.
For my filling I made Gyros with Greek Chicken from Cooking Classy. My Gyros were a great change and I enjoyed trying something different.
My sauce comes from Casserole Gal Rachel, she recently made and posted a recipe for Tzatziki Sauce with Wheat Flatbread.
Everything can be made a day before, which is great if you want to have a girls night out and watch My Big Fat Greek Wedding or for a sport watching event.
You read that right. Galaktoboureko. Or you could just say Greek Custard Pie. Either way, this is a tasty treat! I think it's harder to say the name, than to actually make the dish. It does take some time, but honestly very easy.
My husband loves custard based dishes, and really enjoyed this dessert. It combines the sticky, flaky crust part of baklava and an orange custard, together in an impressive dish.
I found this recipe on Brown Eyed Baker, be sure to click over and look at her wonderful blog!
Galaktoboureko (Greek Custard Pie)
6 cups whole milk
1 cup fine semolina (see my note below)
3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
1 Tb unsalted butter
1 tsp vanilla extract
Zest of 1 orange
1 package phyllo dough (see notes)
1 cup unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Get your pan ready! I used a 10 x 13, but she recommends a 10x13 lasagna dish or 16" round cake pan. If phyllo dough is frozen, set on the counter (still in the plastic package!!) and allow to thaw.
2. Stir milk, semolina, 1/2 cup sugar, butter and vanilla in a large sauce pan over medium heat. Stir gently but constantly until it becomes thick like pudding. It may take up to 15 minutes, so just keep stirring! Careful or it will stick and scorch on the bottom of the pan if you aren't stirring enough. Once thickened, remove pan from the heat and cool for 5-10 minutes. While cooling - beat eggs with remaining sugar, then stir into milk mixture. Add zest.
3. Melt the 1 cup of butter and brush it onto the bottom of your pan. Layer 1/2 the package of phyllo dough, with butter brushed between each layer, in the pan.
4. Pour slightly cooled custard over the phyllo sheets, spreading evenly. Layer the remaining sheets of phyllo on top of the custard, with melted butter between each layer. Brush butter all over the top.
5. Bake until top is golden brown, about 30-45 minutes.
6. While the custard is baking, make the syrup. Bring sugar, water and orange juice to boil in a small saucepan. Boil for 5 minutes then remove from heat. Add vanilla extract and set aside.
7. When you remove the custard from the oven, let it cool for 15 minutes. Then pour the syrup all over the top. Allow the custard to set for at least an hour before serving -- so that delicious syrup can soak thru all the layers. Mmmmmm :) You can store any the pie in the fridge for up to 3 days.
For semolina -- use Cream of Wheat! Run the amount thru a food processor to make it really fine.
Phyllo dough -- I can find a boxed phyllo dough in the freezer section of my local grocery store. The box contains 2 packages/tubes - I used only 1 tube for this recipe. The other is in my freezer awaiting a different tasty dish!
This dish is so pretty and unique! It would be wonderful for potlucks, holidays or as a baked gift!
This month we are cooking Greek recipes! It will definitely be an adventure learning how to cook new things! I am starting with Tzatziki Sauce and Wheat Flatbread. I served this with carrot sticks and roasted chicken thighs. It was very yummy!
Tzatziki Sauce Recipe
1 large cucumber, grated
2 cups plain yogurt
1/2 tsp dry dill
1 tsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
Sprinkle of black pepper
1 clove of garlic, crushed
In a large bowl, mix all the ingredients together.
Wheat Flatbread Recipe
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 tsp maple syrup
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
3 cups white whole wheat flour
2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, mix together warm water, maple syrup and yeast. Let sit for about 10 minutes until foamy. Mix in flour and salt. Turn onto floured surface and knead for 2 minutes. Put dough into a large, greased bowl. Let rise for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a board and cut into 8 pieces. Roll each piece out to about a 5-7 inch circle. Heat a large skillet to medium heat. Grease skillet lightly with olive oil. When the skillet is hot, carefully place one circle into the pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, then flip over and cook for 2-3 minutes on the other side. How long you need to cook the flatbreads depends on how hot your skillet is, you want the flatbread to be brown and slightly puffy. Continue until all the flatbread circles are cooked.
Cut flatbreads into circles and serve immediately!
Cooking everything in casserole dishes!
With busy lives & sometimes quick meals, we mom & daughters team are always looking for healthy, tasty & convenient dishes to serve our family. So, please join us as we share everything from appetizers to main dishes & desserts!