Um Ali
Um Ali is a Middle-Eastern (maybe Egyptian!) dessert which is very quick and easy to make. A combination of nuts, fruit, filo pastry and milk make this a truly delicious dish!
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  • 4 croissants or 200 g (7 oz) cooked puff pastry
  • 500 ml (16 fl oz) milk
  • 140 g (5 oz) sugar
  • 100 g (3½ oz) unsalted pistachios
  • 100 g (3½ oz) flaked almonds
  • 100 g (3½ oz) raisins
  • 50 g (2 oz) grated coconut
  • 100 ml (3½ fl oz) crème fraiche or thick cream
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • Brown sugar for the topping
  1. Mix together the nuts, raisins, cinnamon and 2 tbsp of the sugar into a bowl. Break the croissants into the bowl and mix well. Transfer to a casserole dish.
  2. Bring the milk and 4 tbsp of sugar to the boil in a pan. Pour the hot milk into the casserole and leave for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine the crème fraiche with the remaining sugar and pour into the casserole to form a layer on the top. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Bake in an oven at 175°C for 15 minutes or until the top starts to brown.
Titli's Tips
If you can’t get unsalted pistachios, use salted pistacios and wash them in a large volume of cold water. Drain, then dry in the oven. This will remove most of the salt.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Calories 478 23%
Calories from Fat 253
Total Fat 28.2g 43%
Saturated Fat 7.1g 35%
Unsaturated Fat 19.4g
Amount Per Serving       % Daily Value
Total Carbohydrate 50.8g 16%
Dietary Fibre 4.8g 19%
Sugars 23.9g
Protein 9.9g 19%
Cholesterol 14.8mgs 4%
Percent Daily Values based on a 2,000 calorie diet.