Umm Ali with Chocolate


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When I stumbled upon this dessert, I was intrigued by its name, so I googled it and I learned more about this simple, yet so tasty piece of pastry.

It seems that when Egypt was part of the Ottoman Empire, the mighty Sultan just happened to be on a hunt near an Egyptian village. After hours of hunting, he felt hungry and visited the nearby village to find something to eat.

The villagers asked Umm Ali which means Ali’s mother to make something for the Sultan and so she came up with this pudding.

Of course there are other stories regarding the name, but I prefer this one which is less dramatic and bloody.

Umm Ali is made with puff pastry these days and the addition of heavy cream and milk. I suspect that Ali’s mother didn’t have either back then, so probably she made it with stale bread and milk.

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In my effort not to throw anything and since I had some stale Arabic pitas, some leftover nuts and a can of sweetened milk waiting for days to be used, I decided to utilize them by making the pudding. And I did make it and it was so tasty and delightful! Of course I sneaked some chocolate in it, I am sure Ali’s mother wouldn’t mind! You cannot blame a girl for her love for chocolate can you?

In any case, this is a pudding where you can add or replace any ingredient you like or dislike and adapt it to your family’s taste.

It was so delicious, I hardly held my husband from eating the whole bowl, and he is on a diet!

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Umm Ali with Chocolate

Ingredients

6 stale Arabic pitas cut in squares

½ cup dried nuts, chopped (I used walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds)

1 handful raisins

1 handful whole almonds

1 handful pistachios

100 gr./ 3.5 oz. chocolate, chopped

1  can evaporated milk

1 can sweetened milk

½ tsp cinnamon

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Instructions

Scald the milks along with the cinnamon so they are hot but not bubbly.

In a rounded soufflé bowl place half of the stale Arabic pita pieces in a layer.

Throw the ½ cup of the chopped nuts, the raisins, the almonds and the chocolate.

On top arrange the rest of the stale Arabic pita pieces.

Pour the scalded milks and sprinkle the pistachios.

Let it stay for 10 to 20 minutes so as for the milk to be absorbed by the pitas.

In the meantime preheat oven to 175°C/350°F.

Place the bowl on the lower level of the oven and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven.

Let it rest for 5 minutes and serve.

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5.0 from 6 reviews

Umm Ali with Chocolate
 
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Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Dessert
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Mediterranean
Serves: 5

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 6 stale Arabic pitas cut in squares
  • ½ cup dried nuts, chopped (I used walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, almonds)
  • 1 handful raisins
  • 1 handful whole almonds
  • 1 handful pistachios
  • 100 gr./ 3.5 oz. chocolate, chopped
  • 1 can evaporated milk
  • 1 can sweetened milk
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Scald the milks alon15g with the cinnamon so they are hot but not bubbly.
  2. In a rounded soufflé bowl place half of the stale Arabic pita pieces in a layer.
  3. Throw the ½ cup of the chopped nuts, the raisins, the almonds and the chocolate.
  4. On top arrange the rest of the stale Arabic pita pieces.
  5. Pour the scalded milks and sprinkle the pistachios.
  6. Let it stay for 10 to 20 minutes so as for the milk to be absorbed by the pitas.
  7. In the meantime preheat oven to 175°C/350°F.
  8. Place the bowl on the lower level of the oven and bake for about 20 to 30 minutes.
  9. Remove from the oven.
  10. Let it rest for 5 minutes and serve.

5.0 from 6 reviews

Η Μάνα του Αλί με Σοκολάτα
 
Εύκολο, γρήγορο και πολύ νόστιμο γλυκάκι που οι καταβολές του μάλλον προέρχονται από την Αίγυπτο.
Author/ Συγγραφέας:
Recipe type/ Τύπος Πιάτου: Επιδόρπιο
Cuisine/ Κουζίνα: Μεσογειακή

Ingredients/ Συστατικά
  • 6 μπαγιάτικες αραβικές πίτες κομμένες σε κομμάτια
  • ½ φλ. φυστίκια (χρησιμοποιήσα καρύδια, πέκανς, φουντούκια και αμύγδαλα)
  • 1 χούφτα σταφίδες
  • 1 χούφτα ολόκληρα αμύγδαλα
  • 1 χούφτα φυστίκια Αιγίνης
  • 100 γρ. σοκολάτα, τριμμένη
  • 1 κουτί γάλα εβαπορέ
  • 1 κουτί γάλα ζαχαρούχο
  • ½ κ.γ. κανέλλα

Instructions/ Εκτέλεση
  1. Ζεστάνετε τα γάλατα μαζί με την κανέλλα έτσι ώστε να είναι καυτά αλλά να μην κοχλάσουν.
  2. Σε ένα στρογγυλό πυρίμαχο σκεύος στρώστε τα μισά κομμάτια από τις αραβικές πίτες σε έαν στρώμα που να καλύπτει τον πάτο.
  3. Ρίξτε το μισό φλ. των κομμένων φυστικιών, τις σταφίδες, τα ολόκληρα αμύγδαλα και τη σοκολάτα.
  4. Από πάνω βάλτε τις υπόλοιπες αραβικές πίτες.
  5. Ρίξτε τα γάλατα και σκορπίστε τα φυστίκια Αιγίνης.
  6. Αφήστε το για 15 με 20 λεπτά να απορροφήσουν οι πίτες τα γάλατα.
  7. Εν τω μεταξύ προθερμάνετε το φούρνο στους 175°C.
  8. Βάλτε το σκεύος στο χαμηλότερο σημείο του φούρνου σας και ψήστε για 20 με 30 λεπτά.
  9. Βγάλτε από το φούρνο, αφήστε το 5 λεπτά να τραβήξει τα υγρά του και σερβίρετε.

 

 

50 Responses to Umm Ali with Chocolate

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  1. katie says:

    Thanks so much for linking up with katie’s language cafe’s friday recipe link up. my daughter can’t wait for me to try this one as she is a lover of all things egypt! ~~katie

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  3. Kathy says:

    Such an unusual and delicious looking dessert! Sounds so wonderfully delectable! Lovely!

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  5. LinsFood says:

    This (without the chocolate!) is a regular in our house! I think you’ve done well making it pita, producing a lighter result. Looks really good too!

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  7. Reeni says:

    Thanks for introducing me to this wonderful dessert Katerina! You’d have to hold me back from eating a giant portion too! Love how versatile it is.

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  9. We are doing a theme unit on Egypt so i can’t wait to make this with my daughter. I would love it if you shared this on my travel blogs recipe link up! we have one every friday and it just started. hope to see you there! new follower! http://www.katieslanguagecafe.com/2012/09/french-cuisine-friday-recipe-link-up-1.html

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  11. Katerina, thank you for this educational and delicious post. I am amazed how simple it is… :)

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  13. Realmente me encantó este rico postre y sus historia también una delicia que haré ,abrazos y abrazos.

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  15. I never heard of Umm Ali before. Once again, thanks for introducing me to something new, Katerina…and I love the twist you gave it. Very creative! I wouldn’t say no to this!

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  17. Sissi says:

    What an unusual dessert! I don’t know much about Egyptian cuisine, so I’m very glad to learn about it and of course I love dishes with a history.

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  19. Sutapa says:

    Umm Ali the name, the story both are interesting and the dessert is yummylicious …..if Sultan get your version then I am sure he would wrap the whole of Egypt and gift it to you! And Katrina how can your Sultan stay in diet if her Queen place such tempting bowl in front of him….!:)

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  21. Susan says:

    What an intriguing dessert with such an interesting history!

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  23. I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this before – it looks and sounds incredible. I really love the more savory pita in it, and the decadent pistachios!

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  25. Liz says:

    What a yummy dessert whipped up from leftovers! I love bread pudding :)

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  27. Beth says:

    This looks yummy, and I love the story behind it too!

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  29. Faith says:

    I love recipes like this with a story! I’ve heard of Umm Ali before but never knew the story behind it, so thanks for sharing. Love that you added chocolate — it sounds delicious! :)

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  31. Asmita says:

    This sounds like a rich and delicious dessert! So unique and exotic!

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  33. Barbara says:

    An unusual bread pudding….very rich (but would be even more so made with puff pastry) that must have made the Sultan happy. Very happy!

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  35. Katerina, this sounds light a rich treat from simple ingredients. Both you and Ali’s mom can take a bow!

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  37. Lisa says:

    I love that you made a sort of bread pudding with pita! The chocolate really takes it over the top – it looks amazing!

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  39. Catherine says:

    Dear Katerina, This looks both exotic and delicious. blessings dear. Catherine xo

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  41. Nadji says:

    Un dessert que j’aime beaucoup aussi. C’est très bon.
    A bientôt

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  43. Sandi says:

    Cinnamon, pistachios and raisins, oh my!! Lovely Katerina :)

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  45. Wow! What an interesting dessert. I’ve never seen anything like it. It sounds delicious though!

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  47. Xara says:

    Hi Katerina, what an original dessert! I have to try it, even by looking at it I’m drooling…lol..XOXO

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  49. Oh yum! What a unique dessert. I love middle eastern desserts :)

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  51. Debra says:

    This sounds fabulous. Almost like a chocolately bread pudding.

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  53. Seriously, one of the coolest and most original I have seen in a while, I love it. Great (non bloody) story behind it too :-) I have to try this for sure.

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  55. Monet says:

    What a rich and luscious dish! Thank you for sharing and inspiring me. I just found your blog today. What a sweet treat! I hope you have a great day!

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  57. Susan says:

    What a delightful way to keep pitas from going to waste! Anything with chocolate and pistachios in it always gets my attention :) I find the background of certain ethnic dishes so intriguing. Thank you.

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  59. Claire says:

    I love bread pudding, this recipe looks very exotic and good. Love dishes witth spice for fall, too!

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  61. Love the twist to the original recipe. Easy to follow and looks tempting!

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  63. Jeannie says:

    Great way to clear leftovers! Looks sinful and delicious!

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  65. I have never heard of this before, but I’ve got to say, it has everything I could ever want in a dessert. Yum!!

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  67. Kate says:

    I love the backstory on this.

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  69. Zoe says:

    Never heard of Umm Ali before. This dessert is very unique. Now I know what to do if I have leftover pita bread :D

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  71. Margarita says:

    oh my goodness! what a great way to make use of leftover breads. i wanna give this a try and i almost have everything i need except for pita bread. do you think corn tortillas would work or are those too fragile?

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  73. MayMoh says:

    I just love recipes where you just throw everything together. I need to try this one day. Looks really delicious. Thanks very much for sharing.

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  75. Μarion says:

    Τι έκανες Κατερίνα μου?
    Πολύ ωραίο γλυκάκι με ωραία ιστορία (κι εγώ την απλή κι αναίμακτη version κρατάω :) )
    Αυτό με τις αραβικές πίτες πολύ ωραία ιδέα. Με βάζεις σε ιδέες νυχτιάτικα..

    Φιλιά

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  77. What a different and delicious sounding dessert! And I happen to have some pistachios that need using.

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  79. What an interesting and delicious dessert! The use of pita sounds good, I love pita bread but never eat that with sweet flavor and nuts! Very simple yet I know it’ll be liked by my family! I really enjoy knowing new food because all these ingredients are familiar but we’d never thought of making something like this (unless I’m very creative…which I’m not!). Thanks for sharing your recipe Katerina!

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  81. What a great dessert & a great food story … I’m nominating you for the Food Stories Award, Katerina. If you’re interested, you can check out the details at my site, FoodStoriesBlog dot com and then click on “Food Stories Award” up in the top navigation bar … Either way, love your site and I hope you’re having a great foodie day!

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  83. Μμμ… πολύ λαχταριστή η πουτίγκα σου Κατερίνα!
    Και πολύ καλά έκανες και έβαλες και τη σοκολάτα μέσα, συμφωνώ και επαυξάνω!
    Φιλιά πολλά!

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  85. divya says:

    wow…im droooling here!!looks amazing!

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  87. Looks fantastic! Love the addition of chocolate. Definitely not for dieting, looks so good I wouldn’t be able to resist either!

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  89. grace says:

    this looks like a tremendously comforting dish, katerina! i love the pistachios in there–great touch!

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  91. Corina says:

    What an interesting dessert! I’m sure it’s really tasty.

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  93. Τante Kiki says:

    Πολύ ωραίο η πουτίγκα σου Κατερίνα και νάξερες πόσο καιρό θέλω να την φτιάξω!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Καλή εβδομάδα!

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  95. What a rich and lush pudding. I’d throw my diet away for this!

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  97. mia maria says:

    WOW! I haven’t seen anything like this before! It’s so unique and it looks delicious! Bravo Katerina:)

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