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Bougatsa Greek Cream Filled Filo Pastry
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4.27 from 68 votes

Bougatsa - Crispy Filo Pastry Filled With Warm Custard Cream

Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Keyword: filo, Oven baked
Servings: 6
Calories: 825kcal


  • 1 package phyllo pastry sheets 450 grams
  • 200 grams butter melted
  • 1 liter fresh milk
  • 100 grams sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 40 grams cornstarch
  • 4 large eggs
  • icing sugar
  • ground cinnamon


For The Cream:

  • In a mixing bowl whisk together the eggs and cornstarch. Set aside.
  • In a cooking pot add milk, sugar and vanilla extract. Heat over high heat.
  • Once milk reaches a boiling point remove from heat. Using a ladle, start pouring milk slowly, into the egg mixture while whisking constantly.
  • Incorporate half the milk into the eggs and then transfer mixture back to the pot.
  • Transfer pot back to the heat and keep whisking until cream thickens.
  • Set cream aside.

For The Base:

  • Lay open the phyllo stack on your working surface.
  • Grease a 15x10 inch / 38x25 cm baking dish with melted butter.
  • Take one phyllo sheet and gather it up together (to make it look wavy) to the corner of the dish. Repeat process with 4 more phyllo sheets to cover the whole bottom of the dish.
  • Drizzle using the ⅓ of the melted butter.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C / 392°F.
  • Bake phyllo for 5 minutes or until it gets a golden color.
  • Remove from oven and add the cream evenly on top.
  • Add the remaining phyllo sheets exactly the same way as you did for the base. You may tear a phyllo sheet apart in order to fill empty spaces.
  • Drizzle remaining butter on top.
  • Bake for another 10-15 minutes until phyllo looks crispy and golden brownish in color.
  • Set pastry aside for 10-15 minutes.
  • Dust with plenty of icing sugar and cinnamon. Ready to cut and serve!


Calories: 825kcal | Carbohydrates: 80g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 24g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 451mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g