Friday, August 14, 2009

Finally - Egyptian Dessert!

Stevens and I apparently have different ways of spelling "phyllo" pastry..."fillo" anyone? Whatever the spelling is, it was damn tasty.

Desert: Om Ali (translates to "Mother of Ali"Bread Pudding)

We used this recipe from "Egypt Online"

6 sheets of fillo (or any puff pastry, pancakes or bread)
6 T of butter, melted
2/3 C. black or golden raisins
1 C. mixed whole or slivered almonds (blanched), chopped hazelnuts and chopped pistachios (we used pecans because we like them)
5 C. whle milk
1.25 C. heavy cream
1/2 C. sugar
1-2 t. of cinnamon

Keep fillo pastry or bread in a pile, covered with a damp towel to keep them from drying out. Brush each with melted butter and place on top of one another on a buttered baking sheet. Bake in a 350 F. oven for about 10 minutes or until they are crsip and a bit golden on top. When cool enough to handle, crush the pastry/bread into pieces by hand and put into a deeper baking dish in layers with the nuts in between.

Bring the milk and cream to a boil in a pan with the sugar and pour over the pastry. Sprinkle with cinnamon and return bake at 450 F. for about 20-30 minutes or until slightly golden Serves 8. We served warm but would have preferred ice cream to go with for a Northamerican twist.

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