Um Ali ~ Bread Pudding
This has become one of the best known desserts in the UAE and quite
literally means 'the queen of puddings'. A particular favourite during
Ramadan, it has its roots in Egypt, yet the local cook has adapted it to
ingredients more common to this area. Although demanding more
ingreedients than most local desserts, it is, however, simple to prepare.
4 cups milk
Mix flour and salt in a basin. Cut lard into small pieces and mix with
flour, using a knife (don't rub lard in); mix into a stiff paste with cold
water. Turn on to a floured bread and roll out to a narrow strip. Fold
into three, turn one of the open ends towards you and roll again. Do this
three times. Roll for the final time into a rectangle. Always take care
to roll away from you and do not break the air bubbles which give the
dough its rising capabilities.
From the book "The Complete United Arab Emirates Cookbook"
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