Umm ali

    40 min

    Umm ali is a traditional Egyptian dessert. Think of it like a cross between baklava and bread pudding. Serve it warm for the ultimate comfort pud!

    11 people made this

    Serves: 8 

    • 500g prepared puff pastry
    • 40g raisins
    • 35g slivered almonds
    • 35g pine nuts
    • 35g chopped pistachio nuts
    • 20g desiccated coconut
    • 1.2L milk
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    Prep:10min  ›  Cook:30min  ›  Ready in:40min 

    1. Preheat the oven to 200 C / Gas 6. Unroll the puff pastry sheets, and place flat on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until puffed and golden brown.
    2. Break the puff pastry into pieces, and place in a large bowl. Add the raisins, almonds, pine nuts, pistachios and coconut, and toss to distribute. Pour into a 23x33cm (9x13 in) glass baking dish, and spread evenly.
    3. Pour the milk into a saucepan; stir in the sugar and vanilla. Heat until hot but not quite boiling. Pour over the mixture in the baking dish.
    4. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn the oven to grill, and grill for 2 minutes to brown the top. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve warm.

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    Eh. This was just OK. Considering the MANY wonderful desserts coming out of the Middle East, I should have known that this was too easy to give me the results I wanted. I'll stick to the all day, time consuming recipes my grandmothers taught me. The puff pastry doesn't absorb the milk at all, and even if you fill the dish with it, and then it gets crispy on top. The nuts suck in moisture and taste odd after they bake.  -  01 Jan 2008  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    As usual, I slightly messed up the recipe by using a dish that was too small. As a result, I used less philo dough than called for. Due to sheer stupidity, I then proceeded to add more nuts, coconut and raisins than called for. Despite turned out yummy! So long as you and yours enjoy nuts and raisins, you'll really like this dish. I'm not a huge raisin fan, but I enjoy them in an Indian versian of bread pudding, so I worked with them--and they were really great. And it's such a fun and unusual dish to prepare! SUPER easy. Seriously. SUPER quick. I am prone to all sorts of culinary disasters, yet it all worked out--I heated the milk mixture, added it, and cooked it while my guests were enjoying wine after dinner. THAT quick.  -  09 Oct 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    My Husband if from Egypt and was very impressed with this Umm Ali.He loved it He even Sent it over to our neighbors who are who are also from the middle east.Thanks  -  31 Jan 2007  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)