Traditional Galatopita recipe



Galatopita or Galopita basically translates to 'milk pie.'

Also known as a Greek custard tart, it is mainly made up of milk, semolina, eggs, and butter.

All throughout Greece, there are variations of this sweet treat, and this recipe by celebrity chef Akis Petretzikis has no pastry, making it extremely easy to prepare!


  • 1.120 g milk
  • 200 g granulated sugar
  • 90 g semolina, fine
  • 30 g corn starch
  • 3 eggs, medium
  • 1 teaspoon(s) vanilla extract
  • zest, of 1 lemon
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 90 g butter, 3,5%

For the coating

  • 2 tablespoon(s) water
  • egg
  • 2 tablespoon(s) granulated sugar

To serve 

  • 2 tablespoon(s) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon(s) honey
  • 1 tablespoon(s) cinnamon


  • Preheat the oven to 180ο C (356ο F) set to fan.
  • In a pot, add the milk, the sugar, and transfer over medium heat until it comes to a boil.
  • In a bowl, add the semolina, the cornstarch, and mix. Add the eggs, vanilla extract, lemon zest, salt, and mix very well with a hand whisk.
  • With a ladle, slowly add the hot milk from the pot into the bowl with the eggs, by constantly stirring.
  • Add the mixture into the pot again, transfer on heat, and stir constantly until the cream thickens.
  • Remove from the heat, add the butter, and mix until it melts.
  • Butter a dish and sprinkle with semolina. Pour the whole mixture and spread it well with a spatula.

For the coating

  • In a bowl, add the water, egg, sugar, and mix well.
  • With a pastry brush, spread it over the whole surface of the milk pie and bake for 40-45 minutes.
  • Remove from the heat and allow at least 4 hours for it to cool well.
  • Serve with sugar, honey, cinnamon, and mint.

*You can find more delicious recipes by Akis Petretzikis here.