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Feb 15, 2008 03:17 PM


So I was walking down Kings Highway in Brooklyn and, around East 14th, there was this place that had gyros and the like. But what drew me in were all the different kinds of baklava in the window. I got 4 pieces each of what I thought were the usual walnut baklava and pistachio baklava.

When I got home and bit into one, it had what I thought at first was a rice pudding inside. Upon further consumption it tasted and looked more like an eggy custard inside. Frankly, it's delicious. I googled "baklava" and "egg custard" and found the term "galatoboureko". But the recipes for it don't look like they contain what I consumed...

Does anyone know of the place I am talking about on Kings Highway and around E 14th Street that serves baklava? Is this galatoboureko what I ate? If not, what is it that they are selling there? Perhaps their own invention? I would also like to know if I can get it anyplace else in either Brooklyn or Manhattan.

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  1. I haven't been to the bakery you're talking about, but it sounds like galatoboureko. I think it's made with farina, eggs and sugar. It's a Greek dessert. There's Posiedon Bakery in Manhattan that should carry it.

    1. Likely to be Galaktoboureko Portokali if it was sweet. Some places refer to it as Orange Milk Pie. Here's a good website to browse --->

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      1. re: Cheese Boy

        It didn't have any orange flavor. It was just regular old baklava filled with an egg custard. It was sweet because of the honey.

        1. re: hamstrman

          Then you had plain Galaktoboureko sans the orange flavoring just smothered in syrup. An awesome dessert either way.

          Galaktoboureko -->

          If you're ever in Astoria, go into Artopolis and enjoy some of their specialties.
          Artopolis -->

      2. that dessert is the bomb! and they sell it at many greek bakeries, etc. usually its baked in large trays and they cut you a rectangle, but it can also be a self-contained pastry. if you're willing to trek to astoria (the land of phyllo) there is a funny site that reviewed all the greek cafes/bakeries in astoria:

        and they just refer to the various baked goods as the "G things" (galactaburekos), the "K things" (some other dessert that starts with K), etc. a lot to go through, but pretty funny.

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        1. re: bigjeff

          They also have a really great one at the Amonia Cafe in Bay Ridge on 3rd Avenue and 78th Street.

        2. correct spelling: galaktobouriko
          the main ingredient is fine semolina flour:

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          1. re: byrd

            A side note, they often give you free (good!) galaktobouriko with your dinner at Taverna Kyclades, a seafood restaurant in Astoria.

          2. What you actually ate was not galactoboureko, but Ek mek (not sure of the spelling). It is a combination of two different desserts (galactoboureko and kataifi). You can find it at the ommonia cafe in bayridge, brooklyn.

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            1. re: sassyhotchic

              I'm curious, why did you say ekmek? The OP said the pastry was like baklava (filo) as opposed to the shredded kataifi.

                1. re: sassyhotchic

                  Yeah, based on the link above, that is definitely not what I ate. I am more and more certain it was galaktoboureko. It was exactly like a self-contained triangular baklava pocket, but inside was an eggy custard, as I said originally. Thank you for all your responses.