The contrast between the creamy bread pudding and the crunchy nuts, and the mild sweet milk and cream versus the spicy tone of the cinnamon and cardamom makes this dessert irresistible warm or cold. The nut mix you put into the Um Ali is entirely up to your taste; you can use one, some or all of the nuts listed in the recipe. You can also combine puff pastry with toasted phyllo sheets, use phyllo alone, or even croissants for your base.
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