Phyllo Pastry Cake With Semolina Cream Filling

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • 55 minutes
  • 8 servings

Some of us seem to always be on a sweets bender. This time just try this Greek-inspired dessert – phyllo pastry cake with semolina cream which has such a smooth and milky filling. As always, the phyllo crust simply upgrades the sweets. Give it a try!

Ingredients Needed for Phyllo Pastry Cake With Semolina Cream Filling


For the filling:

4 eggs
½ cup sugar
2 cups of milk
1 cup semolina flour
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 ounce butter

For the phyllo pastry cake:

½ cup melted butter
8 phyllo sheets
¼ cup sugar

For the syrup:

1 cup water
1 cup sugar
lemon zest from one lemon
1 cinnamon stick
1 tablespoon honey

How to Cook Phyllo Pastry Cake With Semolina Cream Filling

  1. Beat the eggs with the sugar until creamy. Set them aside.
  2. Heat the milk in a pot over low heat. Continuously stir while gradually adding the semolina, then the vanilla extract.
  3. Continue to stir and bring the mixture to a simmer. Remove from heat, add butter and stir more until even. Combine with the egg mixture and set aside.
  4. For the phyllo pastry cake:

    Coat a 10 x 5 x 2 inch (24 x 13 x 5 cm) baking dish with melted butter. Line the baking dish with 2 phyllo sheets and coat them with butter. Add the next 2 phyllo sheets and again butter. Continue to add another 2 phyllo sheets and again butter.

  5. Transfer the semolina pudding into the phyllo-lined baking dish. Add the last 2 phyllo sheets and butter, and flip their margins inside over the semolina pudding.
  6. Sprinkle the top with the sugar. Bake for 25 minutes at 350⁰F/175⁰C.
  7. For the syrup:

    Add water and sugar to a medium-sized pan. Let them simmer for 5 minutes and then add lemon zest (or lemon peel), cinnamon stick and honey. After your cake is done, add this syrup over it and bake again for 15 minutes.

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