A traditional Greek custard pie made with layers of flaky phyllo dough and soaked in a beautiful citrus syrup
Keyword: Cake, Pies
Author: Eva Bakes
zest of 1 orange
1package (about 16-20 sheets)phyllo doughthawed
1cup (2 sticks)unsalted buttermelted
1 and 1/2cupsgranulated sugar
Preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Have a standard 9"x13" baking pan ready to go (no need to grease it yet - we will butter it later).
Make the custard
In a large saucepan, mix together the milk, semolina flour, 1/2 cup of the sugar, and the vanilla over medium heat. The mixture will thicken up after about 15 minutes and look like pudding. Remove from the heat and set aside for about 5-10 minutes.
Meanwhile, beat the eggs with the remaining 1/4 cup of sugar in a small bowl. Transfer some of the milk mixture into this bowl and mix well. Transfer everything into the large saucepan and stir well. Add in the orange zest until well incorporated.
Layer the pie
Brush a generous layer of butter on the bottom of your baking pan. Add 1 layer of phyllo dough and brush with butter. Repeat until you've used about half of the phyllo dough and about half of the butter. Be generous on the butter - you want your layers to be flaky!
Once you've used about half of the phyllo, add the custard on top. Smooth it out so there are no bumps.
Add a layer of phyllo dough, brush with butter and repeat until you've used up all the phyllo dough and butter.
Bake in your preheated oven for about 30 minutes or until the top is golden brown. Continuously check on the pie so the phyllo does not burn.
Allow the pie to cool while you make the syrup.
Make the citrus syrup
Stir together all of the ingredients except the vanilla together in a small saucepan. Heat over medium heat until it boils. Then take the pan off the stove and stir in the vanilla.
Once the pie has cooled for about 15 minutes, pour the syrup evenly over the top. Allow the pie to sit and soak in the syrup for about an hour before serving.
Leftover pie should be stored in the refrigerator and will keep for a few days.Source: Brown Eyed Baker