I Can't Pronounce It, But Can I Freeze It: Galaktoboureko
February 24, 2018 6:58 AM   Subscribe

My lovely partner made a whole pan of yummy, syrupy Greek custard pie with phyllo. It's delicious, but there's a lot of it, and only two of us. And I'm on a diet. Can we freeze this stuff without ruining it? If I can't, how much time do we have to eat it? And if I can, what's the best way to defrost it? Here's the recipe they used.
posted by SansPoint to Food & Drink (3 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
Ooh, lucky you, that's delicious stuff. I would suggest temporarily suspending your diet and going on a galaktoboureko spree, or maybe sharing with friends. It doesn't keep too long in the fridge -- you have a day of optimal texture, and maybe another day or two of still-good-but-now-increasingly-kinda-soggy texture. I've never frozen it, but suspect it would handle being frozen quite poorly, and probably turn into mush, unfortunately.
posted by halation at 9:24 AM on February 24, 2018

With the caveat that I haven't tried freezing galaktoboureko specifically, I wouldn't risk it. Custard pies don't thaw well from frozen - they get watery and separate, and that's going to be especially problematic with such a thin, flaky crust as phyllo.

I know most custard pies require storage in the fridge - presuming you're doing that, I'd invite some friends over to help you finish it off this weekend. I don't know how well phyllo does in the fridge post-baking, though; every time I've made baklava it's been consumed within hours.
posted by Pandora Kouti at 9:24 AM on February 24, 2018

Engage in what diet experts call "an unfortunate and unforeseen binge." Then resume diet.
posted by zaelic at 1:18 AM on February 25, 2018 [2 favorites]

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