Umm Ali (Egyptian sweet pastry dessert)

Umm Ali is a well-known dessert that originated in Egypt in the 13th century. "Umm Ali" means "Mother of Ali" in Arabic. It is made from milk, puff pastry, dried fruits, and nuts.

Umm Ali, Egyptian, sweet, pastry, dessert

A: We are on air now on VOV24/7’s Food Delight with cooking tips and recipes.

B: The coronavirus is spreading, most schools have told their pupils to stay at home for another week to contain the virus.

A: During their days off, children should be kept busy and away from staying glued to TVs, smart phones and Ipads all day.

B: Here’s a recipe that will let you have some fun with your kids in the kitchen. It’s for Umm Ali, a well-known dessert that originated in Egypt in the 13th century.

A: The name "Umm Ali" means "Mother of Ali" in Arabic. There is a story behind the dish. It’s a complicated tale rooted in betrayal, power, and murder.

B: Forget about the dark tragedy. Umm Ali remains the pride of all Egyptians. Our guest today is food blogger Phan Anh. Phan Anh is the author of the cook book “Worldwide gastronomic discovery in 80 days”, which teaches children to cook using recipes from around the world. Umm Ali is one recipe introduced in the book.

Phan Anh: Umm Ali is an easy-to-make dish. It is made from milk, puff pastry, dried fruits, and nuts, which are easy to find. You can use whatever kind of cake mould you like, as long as it contains liquid and can be baked in the oven.

A: Though it’s a simple recipe, it requires some ingredients that the adults should help kids to prepare.

B: You need: 300 grams of puff pastry, 50 grams of raisins, 100 ml of orange juice, grated orange peel, 30 grams of almonds, fresh coconut, sugar, fresh milk, and 300 ml of whipping cream.

Phan Anh: It is necessary that the Umm Ali is made from puff pastry, which is delicate, light and flaky. Puff pastry is available at supermarkets or grocery stores nearby. You can make puff pastry yourself from puff pastry dough. First, take a baking tray, wipe the tray with a little butter, and place the puff pastry dough in the tray. Bake it in the oven at 180 0C until it turns crisp.

A: You should spend some time preparing the ingredients. The raisins are soaked in the orange juice. Cover the juice with cling film and put it in the refrigerator for 2 hours before you make the cake.

B: I’m so excited. I’ve heard about this dessert but this is the first time I’ve made it.

A: When the ingredients are ready, your children can make the Umm Ali. Phan Anh will tell us how.

Umm Ali, Egyptian, sweet, pastry, dessert

Phan Anh: Break the puff pastry and place it evenly in the cooking mould. Next, take the raisins out of the orange juice, then spread grated orange peel, raisins, sugar, coconut, and almonds on the puff pastry. Mix fresh milk, whipping cream, and orange juice together and pour the mixture in until it covers the pastry. Finally, bake the cake for 15 to 20 minutes until it turns golden brown. Umm Ali can be served either hot or cold.

B: Umm Ali is a yummy and nutritious dish for children. It’s easy to make with some basic steps.

A: One tip for you when baking any kind of cake: Remember to pre-heat the oven before baking. Umm Ali is baked for 15 minutes at a temperature of 1800 C.

B: Why not delight your kids with Umm Ali? You can review this Umm Ali recipe in the Food Delight section on our website: Good bye until next time!

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