Perfect This Classic Umm Ali Recipe |

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15 June 2015


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Perfect This Classic Umm Ali Recipe

Umm Ali


1 pack (10 small square slices) puff pastry
4-5 cups milk
1/2 to 2/3 cup sugar (depending on how sweet you like it to be)
1 teaspoon(5 ml) vanilla
1 teaspoon (4 grams) cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon(1 gram) cardamom(optional)
1 envelop powdered whipping cream. If you don’t have powdered whipping cream just replace half a cup of the milk with half a cup of whipping cream, don’t whip the cream just add it in liquid form (it is meant to add to the flavor not volume).
125 ml (1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon) double cream
1/4 cup (57 grams) slices almonds
1/4 cup (57 grams) walnuts
1/4 cup (57 grams) pistachio
1/4 cup (57 grams) sultanas
1/4 cup (57 grams) shredded coconuts


  • Take the puff pastry out of the freezer 2 hours before using them and allow to defrost.
  • Center your oven rack, heat the oven to 220C.
  • Place the puff pastry slices on a baking sheet and then place them into the oven for 5-10 minutes (you want them to be puffed up and golden brown).
  • Take them out of the oven and allow to cool.
  • In a pot add the milk, whipped cream powder, sugar and spices. Allow to come to a gentle simmer.
  • Add the vanilla, cream and take off the heat.
  • Break the puff pastry into small pieces and place half the amount in a backing dish.
  • Sprinkle the nuts and coconut.
  • Top with the other half of puff pastry crumbs.
  • Slowly add the milk mixture,one ladle at a time to the dish with puff pastry and nuts until the milk fully covers the puff pastry.
  • Allow to rest for 10 minutes , you’ll notice that the puff pastry absorbs some of the milk. Add milk again untill it covers the puff pastry.
  • Bake on the central rack for 15 minutes at 220 C.
  • Place under the broiler for a couple of minutes to get a golden top.
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