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Umm Ali (Egyptian Dessert)

Rafeeda AR
0 minutes
Prep Time
20 minutes
Cook Time
10 People
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Recipe Tags

  • Veg
  • Easy
  • Festive
  • Middle Eastern
  • Simmering
  • Baking
  • Dessert

Ingredients Serving: 10

  1. 400 gms pack of puff pastry sheets
  2. 1/2 cup almonds
  3. 1/2 cup pistachios
  4. 1/4 cup pine seeds
  5. 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  6. 1/2 cup sultanas
  7. 1/4 cup coconut grated
  8. 500 ml pack whipping cream
  9. 150 ml full fat milk
  10. 150 ml water
  11. 1 cup sugar
  12. 1 tsp cardamom powder
  13. 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder


  1. Cook the puff pastry sheets till crisp, as per pack instructions. I baked the pasty sheets in a preheated oven at 200 degrees centigrade for 20 minutes. Cool on a rack.
  2. Meanwhile, roast the nuts (almonds to cashew nuts) in the hot oven for around 5 minutes. Cool. Put the nuts into a bag and crush using a rolling pin till it breaks into bits. (Do not powder)
  3. In a saucepan, combine the whipping cream, milk, water, sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg and bring to a simmer. Keep stirring till the sugar is melted, no need to boil, it just needs to warm. Turn off the flame.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees for around 10 minutes (the oven may already be warm from the previous puff pastry baking).
  5. In a deep glass dish, crush the puff pastry. Add the crushed nuts, coconut and sultanas and mix well till evenly distributed. Slowly pour the sweetened milk all over the puff pastry. Bake for 30 minutes till the top is golden.
  6. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes. Serve warm.

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Divya Gopwani
Divya Gopwani   Nov-02-2016

Nice recipe . I WL try

bina bedi
bina bedi   Oct-30-2015

Rafeeda looks delicious!! Following your recipes.

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