Baked filo with yoghurt custard and lemon syrup

Baked filo with yoghurt custard and lemon syrup

Patzavoura

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A la Grecque
Makes
24 pieces
Photographer
Mark Roper

This translates into English as ‘mop head’, as Greek mops look like pleated strips of fabric, and this is the effect of the filo pastry in this dessert. The pastry is topped with custard, baked and then drenched with syrup. It is very sweet, so add plenty of lemon juice to the syrup.

Emek yufka is handmade filo pastry, which is available from Greek or Turkish delicatessens or supermarkets. If you can’t find emek yufka, then use regular filo pastry – but the texture of the dessert will be different.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
1 tablespoon butter, melted
6 eggs
250g caster sugar
250g plain yoghurt
1 teaspoon baking powder
125ml vegetable oil
900g emek yufka

Syrup

Quantity Ingredient
250g sugar
125ml water
1 lemon, juiced and zested

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Brush a 30 cm diameter baking dish with the melted butter.
  2. Whisk the eggs with the sugar until pale and creamy. Add the yoghurt, baking powder and oil and whisk together well.
  3. Gather sheets of emuk yufka into pleats and fit them into the baking dish until the base is completely covered. Pour on the custard and bake for 35 minutes until the custard is set and golden brown.
  4. While the tart is baking, make the syrup. Combine the sugar, water, lemon juice and zest in a heavy-based saucepan. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar then increase the heat and bring to the boil. Simmer for 5 minutes then remove from the heat and leave to cool slightly.
  5. Pour the warm syrup over the custard and pastry while still warm. Cut into portions while still in the dish. Refrigerate and serve cold.
Tags:
Greek
Greece
European
Mediterranean
SBS
Grecque
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