U is for Ultimate, Unbelievable Umm Ali

Umm Ali

Umm Ali (Ali’s Mother)

1 pkg frozen puff pastry                                                ½ C pine nuts

1 443 ml (17 oz) can sweetened condensed milk       ½ C almonds

3 C water                                                                      ¾ C coconut flakes

½ C cream                                                                   ½ t vanilla

¾ C pistachios, shelled, chopped

Preheat oven to 200°C (400°F). Unroll puff pastry sheets and place on greased baking sheets. Bake for 15 minutes, until it is golden and puffed. Don’t turn off the oven; you’ll be using it again, at the same temperature shortly.

Break the puff pastry into small, 2.5-5 cm (1-2”) pieces. Add the nuts and coconut; mix well and evenly distribute, and place it into a greased 22 x 30 cm (9 x 12”) baking dish.

In a saucepan, heat the condensed milk, vanilla, and water over medium heat. Allow to cook about 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool.

Pour the milk over the puff pastry/nut mixture. Pour cream on top and bake uncovered about 15 minutes.

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 I love the story of Umm Ali. Picture it; Egypt during the reign of the Ottoman Turks. The Sultan was on a hunting trip and came over all hungry; ravenous you might say. He stopped in a tiny village to find something to eat. Naturally, the local peasants wanted to keep the Sultan happy, so they summoned the best cook in the village; Umm Ali. She didn’t have much, so she threw some bread pieces into a pan, tossed on some sultanas, nuts and coconut. After, she covered it with sugar and cream and popped it into the oven, she took it to the Sultan. He liked it so much that every time he was near the village he stopped in to have some of Umm Ali’s wonderful bread pudding.

After I tried it the first time, I was hooked. I can certainly identify with that Turkish Sultan. Don’t you want to dash out to the kitchen now, and put one together? You just never can tell when a hungry Sultan might stop by…

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