This post is dedicated to my friend Saro’s husband Martin, as he really appreciated this preparation. For someone who loves to cook and experiment, it is such a pleasure when their preparations are well relished. Thank you Martin :-)
What attracted me to this recipe was the name. According to Wikipedia this is a national dish of Egypt. It is made with puff pastry, milk and nuts. I have used plain white bread and have also skipped the nuts in the main preparation. For the topping, I experimented and used an ingredient which gave the dish a signature flavour. Here is my take on Umm Ali
7 slices of white bread,
1 ¾ cup of milk,
6 tbsp condensed milk,
8 tbsp sugar,
1 cup of malai or cream,
2 orange flavoured biscuits
Trim the edges of the bread and cut them into four pieces.
Place them in two layers in a baking dish.
Mix the milk, condensed milk and 3 tbsp sugar and boil it gently. Pour this mixture over the bread and let it soak.
Mix the malai or cream with the remaining sugar with a gentle hand. Spread this over the soaked bread.
Crush the orange flavoured biscuits over the pudding.
Preheat the oven to 175oC. Bake this for about 15 minutes. Let cool and then refrigerate.