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Umm Ali Recipe
  • READY IN 40 mins

Umm Ali

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"Umm Ali is a delicious traditional Egyptian dessert equivalent to North America's bread pudding. You can serve it warm with a scoop of French vanilla ice cream."

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  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    30 mins

    40 mins


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Unroll the puff pastry sheets, and place flat on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, or until puffed and golden brown.
  2. Break the puff pastry into pieces, and place in a large bowl. Add the raisins, almonds, pine nuts, pistachios, and coconut, and toss to distribute. Pour into a 9x13 inch glass baking dish, and spread evenly.
  3. Pour the milk into a saucepan, and stir in the sugar and vanilla. Heat until hot but not quite boiling. Pour over the mixture in the baking dish.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes in the preheated oven. Turn the oven to broil, and broil for 2 minutes to brown the top. Remove from the oven and let stand for 5 minutes. Serve warm.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Oct 09, 2006

As usual, I slightly messed up the recipe by using a dish that was too small. As a result, I used less philo dough than called for. Due to sheer stupidity, I then proceeded to add more nuts, coconut and raisins than called for. Despite turned out yummy! So long as you and yours enjoy nuts and raisins, you'll really like this dish. I'm not a huge raisin fan, but I enjoy them in an Indian versian of bread pudding, so I worked with them--and they were really great. And it's such a fun and unusual dish to prepare! :) SUPER easy. Seriously. SUPER quick. I am prone to all sorts of culinary disasters, yet it all worked out--I heated the milk mixture, added it, and cooked it while my guests were enjoying wine after dinner. THAT quick.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Jan 01, 2008

Eh. This was just OK. Considering the MANY wonderful desserts coming out of the Middle East, I should have known that this was too easy to give me the results I wanted. I'll stick to the all day, time consuming recipes my grandmothers taught me. The puff pastry doesn't absorb the milk at all, and even if you fill the dish with it, and then it gets crispy on top. The nuts suck in moisture and taste odd after they bake.


13 Ratings

Jan 31, 2007

My Husband if from Egypt and was very impressed with this Umm Ali.He loved it He even Sent it over to our neighbors who are who are also from the middle east.Thanks

Nov 24, 2006

I may be to blame for the pastiness and blah flavor of my attempt at Umm Ali. First of all I left it on the counter almost 30 minutes before bakingand then, because I wanted to keep it warm until we were ready for dessert, I left it in the oven for 20 extra minutes at 200. It was pasty and lacked the moistness of a good bread pudding-type of dessert. I'd like to try again with out the extended warming.

May 17, 2010

For even better Om Ali add whipped cream (2 cups) spread on the top just before baking. It is incredible!!

Sep 03, 2009

I have checked out many ‘Im Ali’ recipes but never liked them & I have to say this was one of the best – easy & light (I use low fat puff pastry & skimmed milk). However, I prefer to sprinkle the nuts over the top so they remain “crunchy” & the dish looks better & more appetising. Thank you for this easy & delicious recipe :)

Jun 22, 2007

I've never made bread pudding before, and this version was incredibly easy to make! Before baking the puff pastry, I split it into 3 inch squares. After baking, I split those squares in half or in quarters, and the varying sizes all worked well as the final product. This is best eaten right after it's cooled. I made the Umm Ali for Father's Day, and now every time my dad talks to me he demands that I make it again ASAP! It was absolutely delicious, and everyone who tried it loved it. I recommend serving this right after it cools from the oven. It doesn't even need ice cream added, it's so delicious. Also, I tried some leftovers a couple days later, and it wasn't nearly as good because the bread had absorbed all the milk. Still had the flavor though. Thanks so much for sharing!

Dec 31, 2004

This is SO good! I really like the addition of pine nuts.


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  • Calories
  • 605 kcal
  • 30%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 67.2 g
  • 22%
  • Cholesterol
  • 12 mg
  • 4%
  • Fat
  • 32.7 g
  • 50%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 12.4 g
  • 25%
  • Sodium
  • 237 mg
  • 9%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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