Recipe | Apple Bougasta & Olive Oil Ice-Cream

Recipe | Apple Bougasta & Olive Oil Ice-Cream

Looking for a dessert that will impress the pants off your next dinner guest?

Step away from your standard brownies and check out this recipe from Sydney’s 1821 modern Greek restaurant.

Bougatsa is a traditional dessert of Northern Greece, and with just one bite and you’ll be taken on a culinary journey to Thessaloniki, where the streets are lined with pastry shops selling bougatsa with cheese and semolina custard filling.  1821’s head chef David Tsirekas has created a hybrid for this bougatsa recipe, incorporating apple pie flavours. You’d better be bringing your A-Game for this bad boy, this is not your Nanna’s apple pie.


250g fine semolina

125g castor sugar

1 litre milk

250g butter

1 vanilla bean split lengthwise

200ml cream

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 egg


In a saucepan warm milk with butter and vanilla bean.

Seperately in a mixing bowl whisk together remaining ingredients until it becomes creamy. Once milk has warmed slowly whisk in semolina mix.

Continue to whisk constantly until mixutre thickens and comes away from the pot.

It should be the consistency of a creamy but not runny mash potato. Set aside to cool.

Meanwhile prepare;


10 large granny smith apples

3 cinnamon sticks

250g caster sugar


Peel apples and cut them into dice sized shapes.

Place into saucepan with remaining ingredients over low heat.

Stir occasionally.

No liquid is needed as the apples will extract liquid and together with the sugar will begin to caramelise slightly.

Cook for around 30 minutes but be mindful not to turn them to mush. Set aside to cool, then fold through half of mixture into semolina custard omitting any liquids.


500g walnut kernels

250ml honey


In a saucepan dilute honey with another 250ml of water and walnuts. Bring to boil and simmer for 15 minutes.

Set aside and let sit for 5 minutes in liquid. Strain and keep liquid .

Spread the walnuts on a baking tray and bake in an oven at 130 until crunchy…around 15-30mins.

Crush to use as garnish.


3 packets Antoniou brand thick filo pastry

250 grams butter


Open up filo and place foolscap on workbench. Cut in half lengthwise.

Stack 2 layers of sheet together. Melt butter.

Arrange one layer of filo and brush with butter.

Align another layer directly on top and brush again. And repeat 2 more times.

Spoon some mixture in the bottom center of the sheets of filo making sure to leave about 5cms from the bottom to fold over the filo.

Take the bottom left corner of the filo and cross it to the right hand side to form one side of a triangle.

Then take the right point and bring up to the left once again to form another side.

Keep going from left to right until your nearly at the top. making sure you gently press down to spread mixture into the filo triangle.

When nearly at the top brush again with a little more melted butter to seal the triangle. Place somewhere to set. Repeat until all mixture and filo is used.

Set aside in fridge to chill before cooking. (Filo always cooks best when it has been properly chilled.)

Cook in an oven at 190 degrees.

Line a pizza tray with buttered baking paper and place on top butter and place in oven.

On occasion baste the pastry with butter and flip to brown on opposite side and butter again.

It will be ready when it is golden brown. Remove and butter again. Sprinkle with lots of icing sugar and a touch of cinnamon powder.

Serve with the leftover apple compote, walnut crumble and if you are feeling adventurous the olive oil ice cream below.


5 cups cream

1 cup extra virgin olive oil

8 egg yolks

2 cinnamon sticks

1 vanilla bean split lengthwise

1.5 cups caster sugar

In a thick, bottomed sauce pan add 3 cups of the cream and cinnamon sticks.

Scrape the seeds of the split vanilla bean into the mixture and add the beans.

Bring to boil and remove from heat.Set aside to cool for one hour.

In an electric mixer at high speed, whip the egg yolks and 1 cup of sugar until the mixture becomes pale and creamy.

Strain the cream and discard the cinnamon and vanilla bean.

Heat the cream over very low heat.

Whisk constantly and slowly add the egg mixture, stirring until the mixture coats the back of a spoon or until it starts to froth.

Chill for two hours.

Whip remaining cream and sugar.

Fold into chilled cream mixture and then whisk in olive oil well.

Put in ice cream churner. (You may have to do it in two batches or halve this mixture for a domestic churner.)