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You'll need

1.1 litres milk 440 gm (2 cups) caster sugar 1 cinnamon quill 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 180 gm fine semolina 270 gm butter, coarsely chopped 3 eggs, lightly beaten 14 sheets filo pastry 40 gm pure icing sugar mixed with 2 tsp ground cinnamon, for dusting   Sugar syrup 250 gm caster sugar Finely grated rind and juice of ½ lemon


  • 01
  • Bring milk, sugar, cinnamon, vanilla bean and seeds to the boil in a saucepan over low heat, then whisk in semolina and a pinch of fine salt, whisking continuously until thick (4-5 minutes). Whisk in 20gm butter, remove from heat, cover closely with plastic wrap and cool to room temperature. When cool, remove vanilla bean, stir through eggs and set aside.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, place remaining butter in a saucepan over low heat and skim occasionally until milk solids separate and butter is clarified (10-12 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve lined with muslin (discard solids) and keep warm.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 165C. Brush a 5cm-deep, 25cm x 35cm baking tray with clarified butter, trim filo to size, then line base of tray with seven sheets of filo, brushing sheets with clarified butter as you layer them. Pour in semolina mixture, smooth top, then top with remaining filo sheets, brushing each with butter. Brush top with butter and bake until pastry is golden, custard is set and an inserted knife withdraws clean (40-45 minutes).
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, for sugar syrup, combine sugar, lemon rind, lemon juice and 200ml water in a small saucepan over medium heat, bring to the boil, then simmer until slightly reduced (3-5 minutes). Strain hot syrup over galaktoboureko as soon as it comes out of the oven, then set aside to cool to room temperature. Serve dusted with icing sugar and cinnamon. Galaktoboureko will keep stored in an airtight container for 2 days.
This recipe is from the November 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

“My compliments to the pastry chef at Hellenic Republic. Everything we tried on a recent visit was excellent, but the galaktoboureko was seriously awesome. I’d love to get the recipe.”
Gregory Vass, via email

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