Friday, June 23, 2017

Um Ali The English way

Don't get me wrong I love Um Ali anyway I can get it. The Egyptian way is delicious. But yesterday for iftar with the family I decided on a less moist more fancy bread pudding blend and it was delish.

So we'll call it Um Sheikha :OP

Um Ali'esque Warm Pudding Heaven -  Serves 8.

8 honey croissants - Al Fayasel family pack were good


1 cup total of chopped nuts, sweetened coconut, yellow raisins, pistachios
Mix into nut mixture a 1/2 tsp powdered cinnamon and 1/2 tsp of powder cardamom

Thick cream 250g 

Powder sugar

Yep that's it. Place in warm oven 10-15 minutes at 180c. Voila! Did I tell you I love easy recipes. 

So mix up your custard - I make a homemade recipe (see below) but you can do it from a tin or buy it in a can. Just put the custard about two inches deep in the pan and rip up your croissants and place into custard. Leave the top of the croissants exposed and not in custard to get crunchy when heated. Sprinkle with 3/4 of the chopped nuts, sweetened coconut, yellow raisins, pistachios. Place in oven. At last 3 mins add the cream just splodge it around as to not cover all the crunchy croissant. Put back in oven for a few more minutes. Remove, sprinkle remaining 1/4 cup of nuts, sweetened coconut, yellow raisins, pistachios. Use a sieve and sprinkle 1 tsp of powder sugar all over the top. Serve warm.

Best and easiest custard recipe ever

In a heavy base sauce pan put 8 tbsp of cornflour, whisk in 900ml of full fat milk slowly, 8 egg yolks, 170g sugar, 2 tsp vanilla, 1/2 tsp salt.

Place on med-high heat and whisk until it starts to boil. Takes around 3-5 minutes but you have to stay with it stirring it or it will burn. You can stop at this stage because you will cook the custard more in the oven for this recipe. 

If using the custard alone or for another recipe then keep cooking until thickened takes a few minutes more.


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