Custard Filled Mini Phyllo Cups

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Author Notes: This is my riff on Galaktoboureko, the lovely Greek pastry of layers of phyllo dough filled with custard, topped with more layers of phyllo, soaked with a sugary syrup and baked until golden. I use mini phyllo cups available in the freezer section of most grocery stores, but you could certainly line mini muffin pans with sheets of phyllo instead.inpatskitchen

Makes about 60

  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1/3 cup semolina, farina or Cream of Wheat
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • A pinch of salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar, divided
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon fresh orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 4 packages mini phyllo (fillo) shells (15 per pack)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cups walnuts toasted in a 350F oven for 5 minutes and then chopped
  • Honey for drizzling
  1. Whisk the semolina, cornstarch, 1/3 cup of the sugar and the pinch of salt in a small mixing bowl and set aside
  2. In a medium sauce pan begin slowly heating the milk to boiling. While watching the milk, beat the eggs with an electric mixer , add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and continue beating until fluffy.
  3. Once the milk comes up to the boil, whisk in the semolina mixture and continue stirring until the mixture thickens and just starts to boil again. Take off the heat and let rest for about 2 minutes.
  4. Stir in the egg/sugar mixture, vanilla, honey and orange zest.
  5. Place the mini phyllo cups on baking sheets and fill each with the custard, almost to the top. Bake in a 350F oven for 6 to 8 minutes until the custard is set.
  6. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with the walnuts and then drizzle each cup with a few drops of honey.

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6 months ago LE BEC FIN

pat, i'm on the bus with all your other fans! The only other thing i make w/ farina is Uppama, an Indian comfort food. So help me here, Pat, semolina=farina(cream of wheat)? Are there 2 types of semolina- one finer and one not; one used for Italian breads and pizza making? Thx much!


6 months ago inpatskitchen

I do know there are at least 2 types of semolina, one finer than the other. My Bulgarian relatives always used farina(Cream of Wheat) when making things like this. When I made this I had fine semolina in the cupboard and had read that it could be used. It's such a small amount here that whatever you have will work.


10 months ago JanetFL

I love this contest - getting so many new Christmas gift ideas! Love this recipe idea, Pat!


10 months ago inpatskitchen

Thanks Janet! I many great ideas here!


almost 4 years ago jenniebgood

Yum - these look delicious! For some reason I'm drawn to your recipes - we must on the same page in terms of taste profiles : )


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much jenniebgood!! And thanks for liking my simple easy to make recipes. I'm flattered!


almost 4 years ago sdebrango

Suzanne is a trusted source on General Cooking.

Wow! these sound terrific. A one bite wonder!


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen



almost 4 years ago Bevi

My husband will swoon if I make these! Lovely!


almost 4 years ago Niknud

Mine too!


almost 4 years ago inpatskitchen

Thanks so much both of you...they're pop in your mouth and not too sweet..