Umm Ali (Egyptian Dessert) | How to make Umm Ali (Egyptian Dessert)

By Rafeeda AR  |  28th Oct 2015  |  
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About Umm Ali (Egyptian Dessert) Recipe

Umm Ali (Egyptian Dessert)

Ingredients to make Umm Ali (Egyptian Dessert)

  • 400 gms pack of puff pastry sheets
  • 1/2 cup almonds
  • 1/2 cup pistachios
  • 1/4 cup pine seeds
  • 1/2 cup cashew nuts
  • 1/2 cup sultanas
  • 1/4 cup coconut grated
  • 500 ml pack whipping cream
  • 150 ml full fat milk
  • 150 ml water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom powder
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg powder

How to make Umm Ali (Egyptian Dessert)

  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.

My Tip:

Use pine nuts, this is a nut used in almost all Arabic baking, whether sweet or savoury. Though it was not missed much as there was enough of crunch in the dessert, I would have loved to add it to give it a more authentic feel.

Reviews for Umm Ali (Egyptian Dessert) (2)

Divya Gopwani3 years ago

Nice recipe . I WL try

bina bedi4 years ago

Rafeeda looks delicious!! Following your recipes.