Um Ali is a traditional Arabic dessert dish and is very very rich made almost on every special occasion. Its basically a sort of bread pudding and is one of my all time favourite desserts (and being such a huge food lover categorizing something as my favourite is a big deal!!).
Um Ali translates to Ali's mother (which Ali - that's yet to be discovered..). Despite this dish being extremely..extremely.. unbelievably delicious and easy to make, restaurants over here rarely get it right - something always seems to be off, only at times have I tasted one that was just perfect!
So finely I decided how unclever of me .. here I am baking all sorts of fancy stuff and the one thing that I absolutely am in love with I have NEVER made or even considered making!
For the recipe I went to the one person that can totally kick Martha Stewart a$$ (comment not meant to be mean spirited) - My aunt! I got the recipe made some amendments and voila - Um Ali as it should be! :D
1) 250g Puff Pastry
2) 1/2 cup raisins and dates (chopped and seeded)
3) 1/2 cup coarsely chopped of your favorite nuts (I used pistachios and almonds)
4) ½ cup sugar
5) 1 Tablespoon rose water
6) 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
7) 3 cups whole milk
8) 1/2 cup heavy cream
1) Preheat the oven to 350F. Lightly butter a 1-qt (2L) baking dish.
2) place the puff pastry sheets in the oven for around 15 minutes until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let cool so you can handle them with your hands. Break the puff pastry into small squares and arrange half the pastry in the buttered baking dish sprinkle with chopped dates and raisons and nuts. Do the same for the remaining half and set aside.
3) Bring the milk and sugar to a boil, whisking occasionally. Whisk in the rose water and vanilla extract. Pour the mixture over the puff pastry. making sure everything is covered.
4) Top with heavy cream and bake for 20 - 25 minutes until the top is golden brown.
5) Remove from oven and let sit for 10 minutes,garnish with chopped nuts. Serve warm.