Um Ali is a dessert that combines the creaminess of bread pudding and cinnamon nut stuffing of baklava.It is a wonderful treat warm out of the oven or cold out of the fridge.The name comes with a story – or maybe even stories.
By Sawsan Abu Farha
Legend has it that im Ali was the first wife of the Sultan Ezz El Din Aybek. In Egypt, women were not allowed to rule, but were permitted to be guardians to their sons who would become king when they came of age. When the sultan died, his second wife had a dispute with im Ali over whose son would be the successor to the Sultan. The second wife was heavily guarded making it difficult for im Ali to get rid of her.
Passionate food explorer Sawsan Abu Farha lives in Jordan and enjoys mixing east and west in her kitchen aiming to get the best of both worlds.Juggling work, motherhood, blogging and a passion for food and food photography, she shares her journey in her blog "Chef in disguise".