Cheese-Filled Bougatsa

Cheese-Filled Bougatsa
Servings: 10 Prep 30 mins Bake 375°F 35 mins


  • 3 eggs
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 pound mascarpone cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind (about 1/2 lemon)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 15 sheets phyllo dough
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon confectioners' sugar
  • Lemon Syrup (optional; recipe follows)

Make It

1. Heat oven to 375 degrees F.

2. Beat together eggs and sugar in large bowl on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Beat in mascarpone cheese, lemon rind, lemon juice and vanilla until smooth.

3. Butter heavy-bottomed, deep-dish 9-inch pie plate. Unroll phyllo sheets flat on work surface; cover with damp, clean, kitchen towel. Lay 1 sheet of phyllo into buttered pie plate. Brush with butter; place another sheet on top; brush with butter. Repeat 6 times, for a total of 8 sheets. Using kitchen scissors, trim excess phyllo, leaving about 1/2-inch overhang.

4. Pour filling into pie plate. Place 1 sheet of phyllo over filling; gently brush with butter. Repeat layering 5 more times so you have used a total of 6 sheets for top. Trim edges to 1/2-inch overhang.

5. Lay remaining phyllo sheet on work surface; brush with butter. Using a pizza wheel or sharp knife, cut phyllo from one long end to the other, into 1/2-inch-wide strips. Pile strips on top of bougatsa in random fashion.

6. Bake in 375 degrees F oven for 35 minutes or until nicely browned. Remove from oven to wire rack and let cool for about 1 hour.

7. To serve, dust edge with confectioners sugar. Serve warm, or refrigerate and serve cold. Accompany with lemon syrup, if desired.

Lemon Syrup


  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon rind
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Make It

1. Combine water and sugar in small saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in grated lemon rind and lemon juice. Cool.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 10; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 345, Fat, total (g): 23, chol. (mg): 118, sat. fat (g): 12, carb. (g): 30, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 6, sodium (mg): 171, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.