This Egyptian dessert has phyllo dough or puff pastry, milk and nuts. Use any kind of nuts that you would like and eat it with a spoon. Legend has it that Om Ali was the first wife of the sultan Ezz El Din Aybek. When the sultan died, his second wife had a dispute with Om Ali, resulting in the second wife’s death. To celebrate, Om Ali made this dessert and distributed it among the people of the land. Wonderful history, wonderful meal.
- 1 (17.5 ounce) package frozen puff pastry sheets, thawed
- 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup chopped hazelnuts
- 1 cup raisins
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar, divided
- 4 cups milk
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
- Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish.
- Place the pastry sheets in the baking dish and place the dish in the oven.
- Watch it closely. When the top layer turns crunchy and golden, remove it from the oven.
- Continue until all the sheets are cooked.
- Preheat the oven’s broiler.
- In a bowl, combine walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, raisins, coconut and 1/4 cup sugar. Break cooked pastry into pieces and stir into nut mixture.
- Spread mixture evenly in 9×13-inch dish.
- Bring milk and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
- Pour over nut mixture.
- Beat the heavy cream with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form.
- Spread evenly over nut mixture in dish.
- Place dessert under oven broiler until top is golden brown, about 10 minutes.
- Serve hot.