¼ cup melted, unsalted butter
(meaning, you should end up with ¼cup after it is melted)
½ cup granulated sugar
1 liter 2% milk (you can use lactose free milk if you prefer)
½ cup fine ground durum wheat semolina
3 large eggs
¼ tsp powdered vanilla
1 pound phyllo (filo) dough
⅓ cup approximately melted butter (for brushing on to phyllo)
Cinnamon for dusting
½ cup icing sugar, for dusting the top of the bougatsa
Preheat oven to 350º
In a large pot, over medium-high heat, combine melted butter and sugar. Mix until combined and then slowly pour in milk. Add semolina and vanilla. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring regularly.
In a bowl beat together 3 eggs using a fork. Once thoroughly beaten slowly add them to the pot. At this point you must continuously stir the contents of the pot. Continue to cook, stirring continuously, over medium-high heat for about 10 minutes. The custard filling is done when it has the consistency of a pudding.Set the custard aside and begin to prepare the phyllo.
Open up your pack of phyllo and unwrap the sheets. Cut the pile of large phyllo sheets in half so that you are left with rectangular pieces which measure approximately 8 X13 inches.
Lay 3 sheets of phyllo one on top of the other, brushing melted butter between each sheet. As you lay the sheets down, keep the shorter end facing you. Then, place 1/3 cup of custard mixture in the bottom center of your square, leaving approximately 1.5 inches from the edge. Fold that bottom edge of phyllo over the custard and then fold in each of the sides. At this point your custard should be fully covered by phyllo. Flip the phyllo and custard over, using a spatula to help you and brush the top with butter.
Next, take the strip of phyllo from the other end and fold it over and then under your custard pocket. Brush the top with melted butter.
Carefully, using a spatula, transfer to a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with the next packet.
Bake in middle of the oven for approximately 20 minutes.
Remove from oven; allow to cool on a baking rack. Dust with cinnamon and powdered sugar.