Galatópita with Mastic (Mastic Milk Pie)


Pies are an inextricable part of Greek diet from the old times. Since ancient years, Greek economy was based heavily on farming, stock breeding and fishing. Since the country’s topography is mountainous, one can easily understand that sheep and goats were the main source of feed and income.

Back in the old days, people had flocks consisting of hundreds of animals and they were producing milk, cheese, butter, leather and meat. In those societies, just like in feudalistic Europe, people very rarely did they have the chance to exchange goods for money. So, they usually traded the goods they produced with other goods they lacked.

Because of the changes in the weather conditions they had to move their flocks in order to find food. Those long months of absence, they tried to cook in the open air and with very basic vessels. Pies without phyllo were a great choice, not only because they were easy to make, but also because they could use ingredients they had handy.


Milk pie or Galatópita, as it is called in Greek, was a very basic and common crust less pie. Milk they had abundant from the sheep and goats and as a cooking means they used a vessel that was light and easy to carry and could be placed directly on fire without burning. Those milk pies were very simple, using milk, flour and perhaps cheese. As years passed by and other wheat products started to make their appearance, semolina replaced flour and gave this pie a light and airy texture. Eggs also were included making the final result fluffier and more tasty.

Trying to give your child a school snack is really a pain in the neck. Sometimes, I find it more difficult than deciding what to cook. You have to take into consideration so many constraints that make the whole procedure quite a challenge.


For two months now, I was giving my son several types of cakes (you can check in this blog for their recipes) and I felt that he got bored because lately he brought the cake intact back home. So, I was trying to think what I could give him as a sweet snack at school and Galatópita came to my mind. It is perfect as a school snack because it is carried very easily, it is solid, it can be eaten at room temperature and is quite resistant to cold or hot temperatures. It is also perfect for breakfast, brunch or as an afternoon sweet bite. If you cannot find mastic you may as well omit it. You can add lemon or orange extracts which are fine too.



5.0 from 9 reviews
Galatópita with Mastic (Mastic Milk Pie)
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Greek
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1lt / 2 pints full fat milk
  • 1 cup coarse grain semolina (you can use fine grain semolina without a problem
  • 1 ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 gr. / ⅛ tsp mastic powder or you can use 1 tsp of vanilla extract or ¼ tsp lemon or orange extract
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • Honey and cinnamon for garnish
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Preheat oven to 175°C / 350°F.
  2. In a bowl mix the eggs, half of sugar and mastic or extract and set aside.
  3. In a deep pot pour the milk, the rest half of sugar and butter and bring to boil.
  4. Add the semolina and whisk vigorously to incorporate.
  5. When the batter becomes thick, remove from stove and add the eggs/sugar batter and continue to whisk until they are all incorporated.
  6. Take a rectangular pan about 30cm X 21 cm. / 11 in. X 8 in. and butter it very well.
  7. Pour the mixture to the pan and bake for 40 to 45 minutes.
  8. Remove, loosen the sides and let it cool for 15 minutes.
  9. Cut squared pieces, pour some honey and sprinkle some cinnamon and serve.



5.0 from 9 reviews
Γαλατόπιτα με Μαστίχα
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Επιδόρπιο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Ελληνική
Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 1 λίτρο γάλα
  • 1 φλ. σιμιγδάλι χονδρό (μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε και λεπτό χωρίς πρόβλημα)
  • 1 ¼ φλ. ζάχαρη
  • 2 αυγά
  • 2 γρ. μαστίχα σε σκόνη ή μπορείτε να χρησιμοποιήσετε 1 κ.γ. εκχύλισμα βανίλιας ή ¼ κ.γ. εκχύλισμα λεμονιού ή πορτοκαλιού
  • 2 βανιλλίνες
  • 1 κ.σ. βούτυρο
  • Μέλι και κανέλα για το γαρνίρισμα
Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Προθερμαίνετε το φούρνο στους 175° C.
  2. Σε ένα μπολ ανακατεύετε τα αυγά, τη μισή από την ζάχαρη και τη μαστίχα ή το εκχύλισμα λεμονιού ή πορτοκαλιού και αφήστε στην άκρη.
  3. Σε μια βαθιά κατσαρόλα ρίξτε το γάλα, το υπόλοιπο μισό από τη ζάχαρη και το βούτυρο και φέρτε σε βρασμό.
  4. Προσθέστε το σιμιγδάλι και ανακατέψτε ζωηρά να ενσωματωθούν.
  5. Όταν το μίγμα πήξει, βγάλτε το από τη φωτιά και προσθέστε το μίγμα αυγών/ζάχαρης και συνεχίστε το ανακάτεμα μέχρι να ενσωματωθούν.
  6. Πάρτε ένα ορθογώνιο ταψί περίπου 30 cm X 21 cm. και βουτυρώστε το πολύ καλά.
  7. Ρίξτε το μίγμα στο ταψί και ψήστε για 40-45 λεπτά.
  8. Βγάλτε το από το φούρνο, χαλαρώστε τις πλευρές και αφήστε το να κρυώσει για 15 λεπτά.
  9. Κόψτε τετράγωνα κομμάτια, ρίξτε λίγο μέλι και κανέλα και σερβίρετε.


49 Responses to Galatópita with Mastic (Mastic Milk Pie)

  1. Abhilasha Singh says:

    I think I will make this in my new oven as an inaugural dish :) Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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  3. Winnie says:

    These look sooooooooooooo delicious!
    Have no doubt that I’m going to make this recipe soon
    I honestly can’t wait

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  5. GiGi Eats says:

    Whoa!!! It looks like a fluffy sponge!! I wanna poke it! LOL!

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  7. This looks so decadent and sweet…! Now I want to go to the Mediterranean :)

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  9. απίθανη η γαλατόπιτα γενικά, αλλά η δική σου με την αγαπημένη μαστίχα με κέρδισε!
    φιλιά πολλά!

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  11. Katerina, this looks exquisite! So beautiful. Thanks for linking up at the Let’s Get Real Weekly Link Party. This will be my feature in next weeks party. Hope to see you there!

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  13. Lori Vachon says:

    Looks like a delicious recipe and perfect for summer gatherings!

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  15. These look delicious! Thanks for sharing. :-)

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  18. This pie looks creamy-licious and can’t wait to try it as it’s something new to me!

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  20. Beth says:

    What a lucky boy your son is! This cake looks terrific.

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  22. What a beautiful recipe. Your photography gets better and better every time I visit your blog :-)

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  24. Nicky says:

    Many recipes come about because the ingredients were what was on hand. This is simple and looks delicious. I wonder if you could use a flour other than semolina?

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  26. With simple ingredients, this pie looks fabulous..

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  28. Diane says:

    I love this pie. I just recently tried a custard pie. Your’s looks superb!

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  30. Kelly says:

    I haven’t had this in so long! Brings back great memories. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

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  32. Anne Murphy says:

    Now I’m curious about the flavor of mastic… I’ll have to see where I can find some. But it looks almost like a solid pudding to me – very handy indeed for a snack to carry!

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  34. Sandra says:

    Oh, this looks tasty! I love that this pie doesn’t have a crust. I would rather enjoy the creamy texture of the pie!

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  36. I have never heard of this sounds very tasty! The kids love anything they can add honey too

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  38. I’ve never made a milk pie, this sounds wonderful, I will have to try it soon!

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  40. Nettie Moore says:

    I have to look for Mastic Powder, these look wonderful! Nettie

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  42. I hadn’t heard of using mastic powder in cooking and now this is the second recipe I’ve seen this month using it. I’m glad that you said that it can be left out as I don’t think I’ll find it where I live.

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  44. What a great little “take along” snack for anyone!

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  46. This looks amazing! Like perfect comfort food right there! And, it looks great for a snack, dessert, or breakfast!

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  48. My daughter was able to visit Greece a few years back. She loved the fresh yogurt served for breakfast daily — and of course the gyros. This pie looks amazing. Thanks for giving us a taste of Greece.

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  50. This looks wonderful! It is something I have never tried before, so I really appreciate your explanation of the dish. Pinned :-)

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  52. Pam says:

    It looks delicious! It’s new to me and would be great to try!

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  54. Mary Frances says:

    Oh my god, this looks mind blowing!!

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  56. Sissi says:

    I love this dessert, Katerina! (Not only because of the magical mastic!). It sounds and looks fantastic; the texture seems to be creamy but slightly “elastic” (in a positive way!)…. something I particularly appreciate, not only in dessert.

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  58. This recipe sounds delicious creamy and sweet but just delicately sweet and that is the way I prefer my desserts. I want to know what the texture is like. I can’t wait to make this. I have out of town guest this week and this sounds perfect.

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  60. Susan says:

    I hope your son enjoyed these milk pie bars because they look delicious! I think they would taste great with the orange flavor too.

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  62. I think I’ve had this before. Once, at a restaurant. It’s really good! Had forgotten all about it until I saw your recipe. I gotta make this — SO good. Thanks!

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  64. Marion says:

    Τι ωραίες φωτογραφίες Κατερίνα!
    Υπέροχη η γαλατόπιτα με το μελι και την κανέλα απο πάνω.
    Μου αρέσει πολύ ζεστή. Κι ευτυχώς αρέσει και στα παιδιά μου.

    Φιλιά πολλά

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  66. mia xara says:

    It looks absolutely mouthwatering, Katerina!!! I love the addition of mastic to it !Have a great week, XOXO

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  68. Gloria says:

    This look absolutely wonderful and what lovely pictures !!

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  70. NancyC says:

    I’ve never had a pie like this–it looks really good!

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  72. Ola says:

    This is a type of pies that I always buy beeing in Greece:) maybe one day I will find time and prepare it!

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  74. Sonia says:

    I love Greek food. I’ll give this pie a try!

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  76. Balvinder says:

    It’s something new to me. Delicious looking and delicious tasting too and quite simple to make!

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  78. I have never had mastic pie before, but looking at the pictures I am dying to have this. I am sure you son must have enjoyed this. Can’t wait to give it a go. Thanks for a wonderful recipe.

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  80. A custard-type recipe that can stay at room temp….that’s interesting!

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  82. manu says:

    I have never heard about this!
    Thanks for sharing; it looks delicious.
    Have a nice day

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  84. Liz says:

    I bet your son loved this special treat! I know I would :)

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  86. Kate says:

    Fantastic that it travels so well.

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  88. These look so good and I still have mastic at home. Funny 2nd recipe with it I see today. They look delicate but glad to know they carry well.

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  90. Αγαπημένη και υπερνόστιμη η γαλατόπιτα Κατερίνα!
    Λατρεύω τη σιμιγδαλένια της κρέμα με την πλούσια υφή, το μέλι και την κανέλα που τη συνοδεύουν απαραιτήτως!
    Και μου αρέσει πολύ που είναι άνευ φύλλου, προτιμώ πολύ περισσότερο αυτή την πιο εύκολη εκδοχή της!
    Σε φιλώ

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  92. I am always amazed at nature’s ingredients. Never heard of mastic before. But I want a few slices of this pie, please? 😀

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  94. Monica says:

    What a lovely simple dessert you can customize or leave as is. Looks like a great treat to have for any time of the day.

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  96. wow…I love that texture and I bet it tastes amazingly delicious. Wonder if it will work with coconut or soya milk…

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