Beware the Bougatsa

Beware the Bougatsa

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:

  1. 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.
  2. Remove the pan from the heat and add the eggs gradually, stirring well.
  3. 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).
  4. Fold the pastry over the filling carefully to form a square shape.
  5. Repeat this procedure 5 times.
  6. Coat the top sheet with butter.
  7. Grease a baking tin and place the portions on, baking in a moderate oven for about 20 minutes.
  8. When cooked, sprinkle with castor sugar and cinnamon and serve with Greek coffee.




  1. 16th August 2014 / 8:41 am

    I miss having a good bougatsa in the mornings. Must visit Greece again – or make my own. Thanks for the recipe!

  2. 15th August 2014 / 11:11 am

    Next time you post something like this, Ekaterina, would you be so kind as to preface it by saying something along the lines of “THIS IS NOT FOR FAT OLD LADIES !” ??? [grin]

    • 15th August 2014 / 11:12 am

      Haha!! I don’t want to deprive any fat old ladies though! 😉

  3. 15th August 2014 / 8:46 am

    Oh blimey! That looks so good and so sinful…

    • 15th August 2014 / 8:51 am

      We like sinful!! 😉

      • 15th August 2014 / 9:45 am

        True…. So sadly true!

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