Cookbook:Umm Ali (Egyptian Bread Pudding)

Umm Ali (Egyptian Bread Pudding)
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Umm ali is a luscious and indulgent Egyptian dessert that is loved for its rich flavors and creamy texture. Made with layers of soaked bread, nuts, and a sweet milk mixture, this dessert is often enjoyed during festive occasions and family gatherings.

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  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F).
  2. If using puff pastry sheets, cut them into small squares and place them on a baking sheet. Bake them in the preheated oven for about 10–12 minutes or until they are golden and crispy. Remove from the oven and set aside. If using bread slices, tear them into bite-sized pieces.
  3. In a mixing bowl, combine the chopped pistachios, chopped almonds, raisins, and desiccated coconut. Mix well to combine.
  4. In a saucepan, heat the milk, heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla extract over medium heat. Stir constantly until the mixture comes to a simmer. Remove from heat.
  5. In a baking dish, layer half of the baked puff pastry squares or torn bread pieces on the bottom. Sprinkle half of the nut and raisin mixture over the bread.
  6. Pour half of the heated milk mixture over the bread and nuts, ensuring they are well soaked.
  7. Repeat the layering process with the remaining puff pastry squares or bread pieces, nut and raisin mixture, and milk mixture.
  8. Sprinkle the top layer with a generous amount of ground cinnamon.
  9. Place the baking dish in the preheated oven and bake for about 25–30 minutes or until the top is golden and bubbly.
  10. Remove from the oven and let the umm ali cool slightly before serving.

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  • Umm ali can be enjoyed warm or at room temperature. It is often served as is or with a dollop of whipped cream or a sprinkle of additional nuts on top.