Greek Bougatsa recipe (Custard Pie with Phyllo and ground Cinnamon)

Bougatsa (Custard Pie with Phyllo and ground Cinnamon)

Golden and creamy perfection! Bougatsa (Greek custard pie with phyllo) is a traditional Greek dessert made with the most creamy custard wrapped in golden brown crispy phyllo, sprinkled with melted butter and garnished with icing sugar and cinammon.. Simply amazing! A traditional Greek dish, perfect for every time of the day, as a delicious snack or as a filling dessert.

Follow our step by step Greek Bougatsa recipe and recreate this traditional sweet delight from scratch! Enjoy while still warm with a last minute sprinkle of icing sugar and cinammon.

Make the perfect homemade Bougatsa the traditional Greek way!

The key to make the most flavourful Greek Bougatsa is to use a good quality fresh butter to butter the phyllo sheets. The authentic Greek Bougatsa recipe calls for ‘galaktos’ butter made from cow’s milk, which gives a very rich flavour and amazing smell! When preparing phyllo based Greek desserts, like this Bougatsa recipe, a little trick to make the phyllo crispier and flakier is to sprinkle the melted butter over the phyllo sheets, rather than brushing them.

Working with phyllo can be tricky as its brittle and can dry out very quickly, so check the handling tips before start preparing this Bougatsa recipe. Don’t forget to brush the top of the bougatsa with enough butter and scar with a knife to help release the steam. Try out this delicious traditional Greek bougatsa recipe and amaze your friends and family with this crispy and velvety delight. Enjoy!

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Bougatsa (Custard Pie with Phyllo and ground Cinnamon)

Greek Bougatsa recipe (Custard Pie with Phyllo and ground Cinnamon)

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  • Author: Eli K. Giannopoulos
  • Prep Time: 35 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8-10 portions 1x
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Greek


The authentic greek bougatsa recipe! A traditional Greek dessert made with the most creamy custard wrapped in golden brown crispy phyllo, sprinkled with melted butter and garnished with icing sugar and cinammon.. Simply amazing!



For the bougatsa

  • 400450g phyllo dough (15 ounces)
  • 200g butter, melted (7 ounces)
  • 1kg milk (35 ounces)
  • 200g sugar (7 ounces)
  • 120g all-purpose flour (4.5 ounces)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

For the topping

  • ground cinnamon
  • icing sugar


  1. To make this traditional bougatsa recipe, start by making the filling (steps 1-3). To prepare the filling for the bougatsa add in a large bowl the sugar, eggs and flour; whisk until the ingredients combine.
  2. Pour into a saucepan the milk and the vanilla extract and bring to the boil. Right before the milk comes to the boil, ladle 1/3 of the milk into the flour mixture and stir.
  3. Turn the heat down and add the flour mixture into the saucepan with the remaining warm milk. Whisk very quickly, until the mixture has thickened and is smooth and creamy. (Do not remove the pan from the stove.) This should take 2-3 minutes. Remove the pan from the stove and stir occasionally, to keep the custard from forming a skin on top, while you prepare the rest of the bougatsa recipe.
  4. For this bougatsa recipe you will need a large baking tray, approx. 20×30 cm. Using a pastry brush, butter the bottom and sides of the tray.
  5. Unroll the phyllo dough from the plastic sleeve. To make this bougatsa recipe you will need 10-12 phyllo sheets. Use 5-6 sheets of phyllo for the bottom of the bougatsa and 4-5 sheets for the top.
  6. Begin by layering the sheets one by one on the bottom of the tray, making sure to sprinkle each one thoroughly with melted butter. Tip in the custard, smoothing the surface with a spatula and fold the phyllo sheet flaps over the custard. Top the bougatsa with 4-5 phyllo sheets, sprinkling each sheet with melted butter. With a knife trim some of the excessive phyllo, if you like, and roll the rest on the edges. Brush the top with enough butter and scar the top of the bougatsa with a sharp knife.
  7. Bake the bougatsa in preheated oven at 160 for 45 minutes, until the phyllo is crisp and golden.
  8. Let the bougatsa cool down for a while before serving and sprinkle with icing sugar and cinnamon. Enjoy while still warm with a hot cup of coffee or tea.

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  1. Hi I am wondering if you know of a greek pastry Ceam filled and made in squares that sounds like melfay melvay I had it years ago at a little greek resteraunt they came from greece stayed for about 5 years and were exceptionally GOOD and reasonable. They t!hen went home to greece. I just loved it.I have been trying for years to find it’ When I asked what it was the mother who baked it call Melfay or sounds like it? Thank you Gayle

  2. Katherine Temperli

    Hi Gayle! I eat those darn milfays all the time, I’m heading to Greece on Tuesday I will look for a recipe and upon my return send it to you

  3. I’m going to have to say this: this website is going to ruin my weight loss effort!!! Best Greek recipes anywhere. Bougatsa is heaven on a plate and I’m going to try this with the leftover filo from the spanakopita I’m making for a meeting.

  4. My husband fell in love with bugatsa on a recent 3+ week to Greece. After sifting through a lot of recipes, yours looked the most like what I remember seeing. I used your recipe, substituting GL flour, and surprised my husband. He loved it! He was amazed that it tasted and looked exactly like the bugatsa he enjoyed all over Greece. Thank you!

  5. Recipe step 7 uses C° temperature. F° equivalent is 325-°.

  6. yum! loved this. Great recipe!

  7. Kathy Vardakis

    My 86yo Dad who doesn’t usually say much said he felt like Bougatsa earlier this evening. I remembered seeing a recipe on your blog so I made it. It took no time at all and it was DELISH!!!!! Thank you x
    p.s. Dad loved it too:-)

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