Umm Ali

Umm Ali

Umm Ali is a traditional Egyptian dessert that is made by layering torn pieces of puff pastry, milk, cream, nuts, and sugar. The dessert is then baked until the pastry is golden brown and crispy, and the filling is creamy and bubbling. It is typically served warm, often topped with more nuts and powdered sugar. If puff pastry is not available, then croissant or butter toasted bread can also be used.

Umm Ali is a popular dessert in Egypt and other parts of the Middle East. The dessert is similar to bread pudding or rice pudding in texture, but with layers of crispy pastry adding a unique twist. In addition to nuts, coconut and raisins can be added as well for more texture and flavour. Umm Ali is usually baked in the oven until golden brown and bubbling. Some recipes call for the dessert to be broiled for a few minutes at the end to create a crispy, caramelized top layer.

Umm Ali
Umm Ali

Umm Ali is a delicious and comforting dessert that is easy to make and perfect for sharing with friends and family. It does not require much preparation and can be made quickly if you have the ingredients with you.

Umm Ali

Course: DessertCuisine: Middle EastDifficulty: Easy


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Umm Ali is a delicious and comforting dessert that is easy to make and perfect for sharing with friends and family


  • Milk – 3/4 cup

  • Fresh Cream – 3 tbsp

  • Condensed Milk – 3 tbsp

  • Cinnamon Powder – 1/4 tsp

  • Croissant – 2 (or puff pastry / bread)

  • Chopped Cashews – 1-2 tbsp

  • Chopped Pistachios – 1-2 tbsp

  • Chopped Almonds – 1-2 tbsp

  • Raisins – 2-3 tbsp


  • Add milk, cream and condensed milk in a sauce pan and bring all together to a boil.
  • Preheat oven at 180C.
  • In a small baking dish, arrange small pieces of croissant, puff pastry or bread in a layer.
  • Sprinkle chopped cashews, pistachios and raisins on top of it and pour the milk mixture over it.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamom powder and garnish with more nuts, if needed.
  • Bake this at 180C for 15-18 min till it browns on top lightly and sets. Serve warm.

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