Om Ali- Egyptian bread pudding ام علي

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Om Ali translated means mother of Ali and is probably the most famous and traditional Egyptian warm dessert. It is the Egyptian equivalent to bread pudding and is normally made with puff pastry combined with cinnamon, nuts and dried fruits. 

Ingredients

  • 1 (17.25 ounce) package frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • 5 cups milk
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cinnamon powder
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds toasted
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts toasted
  • 1/4 cup chopped pistachio nuts toasted
  • 1/4 cup sweetened, flaked coconut
  • Any other combination of nuts or dried fruit you prefer
  • 1 cup heavy cream optional

Method:

  1. Preheat the oven to 400F.  Unroll the puff pastry sheets, and place flat on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until puffed and golden brown.
  2. Break the puff pastry into pieces, and place in a  oven safe serving dish. 
  3. In a bowl mix cinnamon and all nuts and raisins and srinckle on top of puff pastry pieces.
  4. Meanwhile pour the milk into a saucepan, and stir in the sugar . Heat until hot but not quite boiling.  Pour over the mixture in the baking dish. 
  5. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. 
  6. Turn the oven to broil, pour heavy cream on top.
  7. Broil for 2 minutes to brown the top. Remove from the oven and let stand 5 minutes.
  8. Serve warm.
  9. Enjoy!!
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