Sunday, December 12, 2010


There's a certain truth to the saying: those who indulge bulge. Whoever made food so good, never realized about the consequences it could have on one's health.

Every now and then, we are allowed to treat ourselves. The pudding I'm going to share with you today, is a dessert we endeavoured during our stay in Egypt. It's the Arabic version of bread pudding and I must say: it's heavenly. It is called Um Ali or Om Ali, meaning the mother of Ali.

what do we need:
  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry sheets
  • 1 can of sweetened condensed milk
  • 3 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup of double cream
  • 3/4 cup of pistachios, shelled and chopped finely
  • 1/2 cup of pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup of blanched almonds, chopped finely
  • 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract
what to we do:
  • Preheat your oven to 200°C.
  • Place the pastry sheets on greased baking sheets and bake them for 15 min or until golden and puffy.
  • Remove them from the oven and let them cool.
  • Break the puff pastry into small pieces and mingle with the nuts.
  • Place the nuts and the pastry in a greased baking dish.
  • Heat the sweetened milk, vanilla and water on medium heat in a saucepan. Let it cook for about 5 min. Allow the mixture to cool.
  • Pour the milk over the bread/nut mixture and pour the cream on top.
  • Bake the dish for 15 min until golden.
  • Dig in!

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