Loud, festive and good food, if you've ever been to Greece, you would know that this is how we, Greeks, operate! Not only do we have good food, but we are also known for our unique, different, delicious desserts!
In this blog entry we will be sharing three of our delicious Greek dessert recipes which are not impossible to make and which tastes like a piece of Greece!
1. Mille Feuille
Zest from 1 orange
700 ml milk
200 ml cream
160 gr. sugar
5 egg yolks
½ tsp vanilla extract
80 gr. cornstarch
100 gr. butter
200 gr. heavy cream
500 gr. puff pastry frozen
We start by making the crème pâtissière. Pour the milk and cream into a large and heavy saucepan, and bring it to a boil over medium heat.
In a medium bowl, whisk together the cornstarch, the sugar, the zest, the vanilla and the eggs.
When the milk and cream almost come to a boil, gradually add 1/3 of it to the egg mixture, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Empty the ingredients of the bowl back to the saucepan and cook stirring constantly until the mixture thickens and comes to a full boil. Mix the butter in at that point, by whisking vigorously. Remove the pan from the heat, and set it aside. Refrigerate for 2-3 hours to chill completely.
Preheat oven to 190* C.
Lay out a sheet of puff pastry on a clean working surface.
Dust the pastry with icing sugar so that it can caramelize while baking and this way it will not soak up any moisture from the cream and become soggy. It will stay nice and crunchy.
Use a rolling pin and gently roll it over the pastry so the sugar can sink into the pastry. Pierce it all over with a fork.
Each sheet of pastry should yield 12 pieces.
Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper.
Place the pieces of pastry on the baking sheets and prick it with a fork.
Dust with some icing sugar and bake for 15-20 minutes. When ready, remove from oven and set aside to cool.
Beat the chilled heavy cream in a mixer until it becomes thick and fluffy, like a thick yogurt.
When your crème pâtissière has chilled, beat it in a mixer for about 20 seconds, just to make it fluffy.
Combine the whipped cream with the crème pâtissière using a spatula to gently fold, until they are completely incorporated.
Divide the filling into 2 pastry bags.
Place 6 pieces of puff pastry on a plate and pipe out a generous amount of filling over them. Put on each of them another pastry on top. Repeat the same process until you have used all pastry and crème pâtissière.
Dust with icing sugar and serve!
This custard pie is a favorite Greek dessert. If you can get past the tongue twister name, Galaktoboureko (gah-lahk-toh-BOO-reh-koh) can easily become your favorite Greek pastry as well. It’s a divine combination of creamy custard and flaky phyllo dough that is baked to golden perfection and then drenched with a lemon and orange infused syrup.
For the Custard
6 cups milk
1 1/4 cups fine semolina (you can substitute farina)
6 egg yolks
1/2 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
For the Galaktoboureko
460g phyllo pastry sheets
2 sticks unsalted butter (melted, for brushing phyllo)
For the Syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
5cm piece of lemon rind
5cm piece of orange rind
Juice of 1/2 lemon
Make the Custard
In a large saucepan, heat the milk over medium-high heat until just boiling.
Add the semolina and stir with a whisk. Lower the heat to medium-low.
Using a whisk, beat the egg yolks with the sugar in a bowl.
Ladle a cup of the warmed milk into the egg mixture to temper.
Then add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan.
Continue to cook over medium-low heat until the cream starts to thicken, stirring continuously.
When the custard has thickened, remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract and the butter. Set aside.