Don’t be afraid. Although it might sound scary, a ‘bougatsa‘ is not a creepy monster hiding in your closet. It is in fact a Greek breakfast pastry consisting of semolina or custard, sometimes cheese or minced meat, in between layers of filo pastry.
If you head down to Flo Café in Larnaca in the morning, you get a free bougatsa served with your milkshake/coffee!
Here’s how to make your own:
- 6 sheets of ready-made filo pastry
- 3 cups of milk
- 5 tablespoons of sugar
- 5 tablespoons of semolina (NOT salmonella)
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- 1 cup of castor sugar
- 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
What to do:
- Put the sugar, milk and the semolina into a small saucepan and bring to heat on a moderate flame. Stir until it has thickened slightly.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the eggs gradually, stirring well.
- Spread 1 sheet of pastry with melted butter. Put a small portion of the mixture into the centre of the pastry (make sure you have enough left for another 6 portions).
- Fold the pastry over the filling carefully to form a square shape.
- Repeat this procedure 5 times.
- Coat the top sheet with butter.
- Grease a baking tin and place the portions on, baking in a moderate oven for about 20 minutes.
- When cooked, sprinkle with castor sugar and cinnamon and serve with Greek coffee.