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Traditional Greek style Custard Slice wrapped in Filo pastry and smothered in a cinnamon scented sugar syrup


  • 4 cups milk.

  • 1 cup sugar.

  • 1 cup fine semolina.

  • 1 tspn vanilla extract.

  • 4 egg yolks - beaten.

  • 90g unsalted butter - melted.

  • 1 packet filo pastry.

  • syrup:

  • 4 cups water.

  • 4 cups sugar.

  • 2 cinnamon sticks.


  • 1.

    Turn oven on to 220 C

  • 2.

    Brush base and sides of a small baking dish with butter.

  • 3.

    Place 1 filo sheet on base and brush with butter - repeat 4 more times for the base.

  • 4.

    Put milk,semolina and sugar in a pot and bring to a simmer stirring continuously so it won't stick.

  • 5.

    When it thickens add the vanilla.

  • 6.

    Turn off the heat and stir in the egg yolks.

  • 7.

    When the mixture is smooth and light yellow in colour, pour it into the filo lined baking dish.

  • 8.

    Cover mixture with 1 sheet filo and brush with butter - repeat 4 more times.

  • 9.

    Trim edges and tuck in sides.

  • 10.

    With a very sharp knife or razor, slice the top into serving sized portions before baking (this will eliminate making a mess when cutting later)

  • 11.

    Bake til the top is brown (about 45 mins).

  • 12.


  • 13.

    Put water, sugar and cinnamon sticks in a pot and bring to boil.

  • 14.

    Simmer for 15 mins.

  • 15.

    Either pour Hot syrup over cold cooked pastry OR Cold syrup over Hot cooked pastry

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Posted by Report
The thing I'm confused about is the syrup doesn't say how much sugar to put in and it comes put runny..
Posted by BettyCrockerReport
I just had to comment on this. My partner is Greek and loves this - said it tastes better than a greek bakery would make. I only used half the syrup though as that seemed plenty for me. Also, I made this on low fat milk and no one could tell :)
Posted by BettyCrockerReport
Still loving this and making it for Christmas to impress the future Greek inlaws
Posted by GslnReport
this is the best my father made at parties it disapered in 5 min my way is a little bit different there are cloves an lemon in this one if you are willing to try
Posted by jackicamReport
Actually this recipe came from a friend's ex husband who is a pastry chef in Greece - I begged for the recipe!
Posted by jackicamReport
On a hot day, this is a really refreshing dessert when it's been in the fridge and has gotten really cold. My husband loves them too - he'll polish a whole one off by himself in 2 or 3 sittings : )
Posted by Philippa WightmanReport
Daughter and I LOVE custard tarts- will be making this one the next time she comes over for dinner/lunch!! Thanks Jacki!