Dream layers of flaky phyllo dough are filled with a vanilla custard and topped off with pistachios and honey for a new take on an elegant Greek pastry.
What on earth is a Bougatsa? I came across this funny sounding Greek dessert while hunting for some inspiration for my next post. Low and behold was this absolutely gorgeous rustic masterpiece. At first glance, my thoughts were… “Well, this looks like it’s going to take some effort.” I checked out the ingredients and method and was shocked to see how simple it was!
I added honey and pistachios as garnish at the end for a little wink at my favorite Greek dessert ever…Baklava. I have to say this Pistachio and Honey Bougatsa is coming close to knocking my Pear and Fig Baklava into second place. It’s dreamy with all those layers of phyllo and that vanilla bean custard that’s nestled through out its layers is to die for.
- 1 packet of phyllo pastry (375 grams)
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 5 eggs
- 2 and ¾ cups cream
- ¾ cup sugar
- seeds from 2 vanilla beans or ½ tsp vanilla bean paste
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- honey, powdered sugar and chopped pistachios for garnish
- Preheat your oven to 350 F and butter a 12-13 inch cake pan.
- Melt your butter in the microwave or a saucepan over the stove.
- Take your first sheet of dough and roll it into a scroll. First fold it kind of like a fan, and then roll into a scroll. Kind of like a snail shell.
- Place the first little rolled up piece of phyllo dough into the center of the dish.
- Continue to fold the rest of the sheets like fans, and wrap them around your first scroll in the dish.
- Continue to layer, until the whole pan is full of the phyllo dough...nice and layered.
- Brush all the layers of dough with your melted butter, making sure the butter gets into each crevice.
- Bake for about 30 minutes until golden brown.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, sugar, vanilla seeds, and cinnamon until nice and smooth.
- Once the phyllo is done baking, immediately pour the custard over the entire thing and place back in the oven to bake for 30 more minutes.
- Check on the bougatsa about 10 minutes before the end to make sure its not browning to much. If it is, you can place some foil on top while its finishing.
- Once its cooled a little, drizzle with your favorite amber honey and sprinkle with chopped pistachios and powdered sugar.
- It's best served warm!