Um Ali literally means by “Ali’s mother” and it is a delicious dessert from Egypt. A cross between Baklava and bread pudding, the creaminess and the crunch of nuts makes it absolutely worth those calories!
Truth be told, I did not know about this till a few days ago when I asked on my Facebook timeline on what to post on U conveniently forgetting the huge array of Upside down cakes that can be baked, well I guess we are all allowed some dumb days, aren’t we? The minute I heard about the upside down cakes, there was a flood of ideas in my head, should it be the comforting apple cinnamon upside down or the peach and basil upside down I make or the plum and chilli that no one seems to get enough but then a friend of mine mentioned Um Ali, an Egyptian bread pudding which sounded something right out of heaven.
I mean imagine a cross between Baklava from middle east and bread pudding from American, doesn’t it sound droolworthy? I knew that upside down cake had to take a back seat and it will have to be Um Ali for U.
Um Ali literally means by “Ali’s mother” and it is a delicious dessert with fantastic textures. The crunch of the nuts and the creaminess of the bread pudding compliment each other so well. Apart from the addition of nuts, another major difference between this and the standard bread pudding is the fact that Um Ali use puff pastry or filo sheets rather than the bread used by it’s American cousin and the result is quite delightful and much richer than the bread pudding. There is also no egg in the recipe and to my taste buds it felt like a triangular cross between a payasam, bread pudding and baklava. A delightful cross though.
I am looking forward to serving this at one of the parties soon, till then here is the recipe for you guys!
Recipe adapted from Honest Cooking