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GREEK GALATOBOUREKO (CUSTARD BAKLAVA)
from "Cold-Weather Cooking" by Sarah Leah Chase

On a recent visit to Boston, my great Greek friend, Olga, introduced me to the pleasures of galatoboureko, a custard cousin to the better known baklava. While it has taken me at least a month to perfect my pronunciation of the dessert, it took me less than an instant to know that I adored the taste. This is Olga's recipe.

Makes about 48 Diamonds
INGREDIENTS (CLICK TO BUY)

For the Sugar Syrup:
2 cups sugar
1 cup water
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 slice orange

For the Custard:
2 quarts milk
1 cup sugar
1 cup farina or Cream of Wheat cereal
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
Pinch of salt
12 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

For the Phyllo Pastry:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 pound phyllo dough, thawed

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PREPARATION

1. Prepare the syrup: Place all the ingredients in a heavy saucepan and boil 10 minutes, skimming off any froth that rises to the surface. Remove and discard the orange slice. Set aside to cool.
2. Prepare the custard: Scald the milk with the sugar in a deep saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon. Gradually stir in the farina. Add the butter and salt. Continue cooking and stirring until the butter has melted and the mixture is thick and smooth. Remove from the heat and let the mixture cool to room temperature.
3. Beat the eggs and vanilla together in a large bowl until light, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cooled farina mixture and blend thoroughly.
4. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
5. To assemble, brush a 17 × 11-inch baking pan with a thin coating of the melted butter. Unwrap the phyllo dough, lay it out flat on a clean surface, and cover it with a slightly damp kitchen towel to keep it from drying out. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo dough on the bottom of the pan and brush it with a thin coating of melted butter. Continue layering and buttering the dough in the same manner for 8 sheets.
6. Pour in all the custard and spread it evenly. Cover the custard with 8 more layers of buttered phyllo dough. Puncture the top sheets with a sharp knife in several places to allow the custard to breathe during baking.
7. Bake until the custard is set and the pastry shakes loose from the pan, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
8. Let cool 30 minutes, then pour the sugar syrup over the pastry. Let cool completely. Serve slightly chilled or at room temperature, cut into small diamonds with a sharp knife.


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Product nutrition and information
 Quantity Ingredients Est.Price
  Domino Granulated White Sugar - $2.49/ea
 2lb box
 
  Lemons - $0.89/ea Save! 4 for $3.00
 Farm Fresh, Med
 
  Juice Oranges Family Pack - $4.99/each
 each, Farm Fresh
 
  Amish Country Farms Organic Whole Milk - $4.69/ea
 1/2 gallon
 
  Nabisco Cream of Wheat Hot Farina Cereal 2.5 minute - $4.99/ea
 28oz
 
  Breakstone's All-Natural Unsalted Butter - $2.69/ea
 2 sticks  
 
  Nature's Yoke Natural Cage-Free Large White Eggs - $3.79/ea
 1 dozen
 
  Fantis Phyllo Dough - $3.39/ea
 16oz
 
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  Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Extract - $8.99/ea
 4oz
 
  Morton's Regular Salt - $0.99/ea
 26oz
 
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