This Recipe for Om Ali (a favourite Middle Eastern pudding) is based on a recipe by Claudia Roden. In Saudi Arabia and across the Middle East, Om Ali is probably one of the most popular desserts available. Usually made with layers of filo or puff pastry, both produce excellent results:

Om Ali Ingredients:

  • 1 large sheet of puff pastry ( about 90g/3 oz) / (or 5 to 6 sheets of small filo pastry) 120g (4oz) raisins
  • 120g (4oz) flaked almonds and pistachios, a few chopped apricots, and dates.
  • 1 litre milk
  • 300 ml double cream
  • 90 gr (3oz) sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Directions:

  • Preheat oven to 150C degrees
  • Lightly butter the puff pastry (optional).
  • place the one large sheet of puff pastry sheet on an oven tray. and bake for 25 minutes or until crisp and brown. Remove from the oven and raise the oven temperature to 240C degrees.
  • Butter the baking dish.
  • Crumple the pastry into a baking dish, scatter the raisins, fruit and nuts in between layers
  • In a saucepan on the top of the stove bring the milk , cream and sugar to the boil. Pour this over the pastry. Sprinkle with cinnamon, flaked almonds, and ground pistachios.
  • Place dish in oven for 20 minutes or until the top is browned.
  • Serve hot.

The Finished Product:

Om Ali

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    [comment_content] => Is it truth or urban legend that the governess, Mrs OMalley, to the children of the late Farouk, deposed King of Egypt, used to bake as a treat for her charges the best bread and butter pudding in the Middle East?   Using the creamiest milk, the most succulent raisins, the freshest eggs and flavouring it well with nutmeg, is not OmAli of Irish origin?   Since nutmeg has been exchanged for cardamom and with the excellent addition of pinenuts and toasted almonds, instead of OMalley perhaps OmFitzAli would be acceptable?
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        [comment_content] => why does everyone here want the credit to go their way?
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    [comment_content] => ummm why does everything have to be european? most of the european recipes are bland tasteless the good stuff all is in the east - middle east south east far east ha ha ha. But iam not kidding. :)
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    [comment_content] => its very fine desert
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    [comment_content] => I had Umm Ali in several places while working in Riyadh, but the best was in the Salaheddin Hotel on Old Airport Road (King Abdulaziz Road) near Tamimi and Sahara Mall.

It was always among the deserts offered every night for their "Dinner Buffet" - a great end to a great meal.  Back at home it occurred to me to cook it for my wife, and Google sent me here for the recipe.
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