Gary's Mothers' Day recipe ...
Place split vanilla bean into pot with the milk and heat for one minute
Rain in the semolina and lemon zest and whisk
Mix egg yolks and sugar in a bowl, then mix in cornflour to a custard consistency.
Add custard to the boiling milk and stir until mixture thickens in pot.
Cool on a flat tray, covererd with cling film to prevent a skin forming
Place 8 sheets of pastry one on top of the other, brushing liberally between each layer with clarified butter
Lay filo flat and divide into 6 with a knife. Place one tbsp of the mixture on each pastry sheet and tuck up the sides and pinch together at the top.
Brush baking dish with butter and bake at 180C until golden brown
Dust with icing sugar and cinnamon
For the syrup combine the water, castor sugar, star anise, cloves, cinnamon stick and cardomon pods in a pot and bring to boil, simmer for three minutes. Drizzle over Bougatsa before serving.