Today I have a few announcements to make. I’ll get to the point straight away, so that you can find yourself enjoying the easiness of this post’s recipe quickly.
Announcement no. 1: This is my 99th post. It appears the norm is that every 100th post, something special is done. I thought of making my favourite dish and putting that up, however, I couldn’t decide. Are there any suggestions for “special dishes” that you love, that you think I should make for my 100th post?
Announcement no. 2: I have finally finished uni! No, I’m not graduating, I’ve just finished this semester. My long awaited summer holidays have begun, and I’m really looking forward to all the adventures I’ll be having in the kitchen! I’m just putting forward and invitation for you all to join me in celebrating my holidays!
Announcement no. 3: Remember back to the post “Opulent Oreo, Cream, and Berry Pie“? There I noted my photography assignment, and how I had organised some 24 pictures, to go towards my final project portfolio. Thankfully, it’s all over now, and the portfolio went from being titled “Photos of a Cookbook” to “Saha wa Hana!” which is the Arabic for “wishing you health and happiness”, it’s said before/after someone begins eating (a cultural thing), similar to the French bon appétit. So I’m now happy to present to you my final portfolio video which I uploaded on YouTube. You can follow this link to see it (change the settings in the bottom right hand corner to playback at 720fps), or watch this scummy little embedded one below:
Let me know what you think of it!
Announcement no. 4: Finally, this is to note the today’s recipe. It’s called Um Ali, meaning “Mother of Ali” – I can only assume the (wo)man who invented this recipe is called that! I had never tried Um Ali before; it’s an Egyptian dessert, and Egyptian cuisine isn’t my favourite, I won’t deny.
Nevertheless, I will say, this dessert was really tasty; and filling! Me and two of my sisters finished one ramekin, so make this dessert in smaller bowls if you don’t have a big stomach! Also note, these cannot be made in advance, because they’ll become very soggy! An acquaintance of mine asked me to post a recipe, because they only ever get to try it ready-made. Here’s the recipe card I have, I hope that all those who try this incredibly easy dessert enjoy it as much as I did.
Serves: 4 (that’s based on 1 per person!)
1 1/2 square sheets puff pastry
280 mL thickened cream (not low fat)
3 tbs icing sugar, plus more for dusting
2 cups mixed nuts (a combination of whatever you have in the pantry), roughly chopped
1/2 cup shredded coconut
4 cups whole milk
1 cup sugar
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees celsius.
Cut the thawed puff pastry sheets into quarters so they can cook through.
Lightly grease a tray or two and place the pastry squares in the oven.
Leave to cook until golden brown, about 15 minutes.
Remove from the oven and set aside to cool completely.
Turn down the oven temperature to 180 degrees celsius.
Meanwhile, add the milk into a saucepan, and add the 1 cup sugar.
Place on high heat for 2 minutes, until the sugar dissolves.
Reduce the heat to low, and leave uncovered until ready to use. The milk should not overflow, but keep an eye on it anyway.
Add the thickened cream and 3 tbs of icing sugar into a bowl. Whip with a beater until soft peaks form.
When the pastry has cooled, crush it with a fork, or with your hands until it’s flaky, but not ground.
Prepare four ramekins, I used 10 by 10 cm ramekins.
Fill each ramekin to half way with the pastry flakes.
Add a layer of mixed nuts and coconut (I forgot the coconut the 1st time)!
Add another thin layer of pastry flakes. Add in another layer of nuts and coconut.
If you have left over pastry, add in another layer of those, but be sure you don’t overfill the ramekins.
That’s what happens when you’re generous on the cream ^^ it overflows!
Remove the milk from the stove and use a ladle to pour the milk into each ramekin.
You should fill the ramekins all the way up with the milk.
Work quickly and divide the whipped cream into quarters.
Top each ramekin with a quarter of the cream, then dust with icing sugar.
Place the ramekins on a tray and place the tray into the oven.
Cook at 180 degrees celsius until the tops are golden brown, about 25 minutes.
Remove, and set aside to cool down. These should be served warm. I actually placed mine in the fridge after 10 minutes, and kept them in there for some 15 minutes, to speed up the cooling down time.
I didn’t do it at the time, but later I remembered: top the ramekins with finely chopped pistachios. It makes ‘em look fancy
Satisfy your sweet tooth and,