Translated as Ali's Mother, it is a delicious dessert from Egypt, but popular in all the surrounding region. It is a type of bread pudding served frequently with a little dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream on top.
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry, defrosted.
- 1/2 cup pistachios, chopped.
- 1/2 cup almonds, sliced and toasted.
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice.
- 1 pint whipping cream.
- 3 cups cold milk.
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch.
- 2 tablespoons sugar.
- Pinch of cinnamon.
- Rose water (optional).
Pre-heat oven to 205 ºC (400 ºF). Roll out a sheet of puff pastry to spread evenly into a 9x13 inch pan. Bake about 15 minutes, or until lightly browned.
Mix the almonds and pistachios with the lemon juice. Spread mixture over the pastry, reserving a small amount for garnish. Combine cream, milk, cornstarch, sugar and cinnamon in a saucepan. After, stir over medium heat until thickened and remove from heat. Let cool.
Spread the cooled cream mixture over the nuts and pastry. If desired, sprinkle with rose water. Return dish to oven reducing the temperature for 30 minutes, or until cream becomes golden. Serve hot, garnished with reserved nut mixture.