Ever since The Husband introduced this dessert, I’ve been craving and raving about it. I’m not sure where exactly this particular Arabic dessert came from: Egypt? Syria? Lebanon? Morocco? Iran? Iraq? I really don’t! (But would appreciate if someone would enlighten me. I’d thank the high heavens for the inventor of Umm Ali) All I know that it hits the spot so hard that it’s all I think about nowadays…
So what is this Umm Ali?
For those who are Umm Ali virgins, like I was a month ago, Umm Ali is a bread pudding. A deceptively lighter, fluffier version of it. I tell you it is deceptively light because of the oh so rich ingredients. So I do take caution in consuming bowls of Umm Ali. It can go straight to the thighs…and I think they already did go to my thighs. Pieces of bread (seems to be a flaky pastry) covered lovingly with warm, thin blanket milk / cream and sprinkled with golden sultanas, chopped pistachio and almond slivers. I shiver in pleasure now as I describe it. Brrrrr…
It is always and best served warm. Never settle for a cold bowl of Umm Ali. NEVER!
A friend says Umm Ali tastes like a warm bowl of soggy cornflakes. But that just sounds utterly sad and just downright gross.
But trust me, I think I have not met anyone YET, who does not like the Umm Ali.
The Umm Ali is just a divine dessert, for me, the perfect ending to a savory meal. Not too sweet (I like sweet, but too sweet makes me nauseous.), creamy, a bit of crunch from the nuts, and a bit of bite from the dried fruits. All in all a small simple bowl of great love. A dessert need not be complex to be this scrumptious.
Now I’m getting the Umm Ali cravings again. Waaaaah! Can somebody point me to the places where they serve the best Umm Ali in town?
The Husband says I can drown myself in Umm Ali this coming Ramadan at all the Iftar dinners we will be having. I am soooooooooooo looking forward to it Drowning never looked this exciting!