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Umm Ali served in a white and teal platter, with a serving spoon in the platter and bowls of toppings around, including coconut, pistachios and raisins.

Umm Ali

Umm Ali is a traditional Egyptian bread pudding, layered with puff pastry, milk, and cream, and sprinkled with lots of nuts, raisins and coconut. So delicious!
Course Dessert
Cuisine middle eastern
Keyword Umm Ali
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 8 servings
Calories 1154kcal


  • 1 package package puff pastry (400g, 15 pieces)
  • 1.5 liter milk 2% or 3%
  • 473 mL 35% whipping cream
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cardamom
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (300 ml)
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 can table cream
  • 1 cup almonds
  • 1 cup pistachios
  • 1 cup raisins
  • ½ cup shredded coconut


  • Preheat oven to 375F.
  • Start by baking the puff pastry per package instructions until golden and crispy. If not already cut, cut into squares then bake.
  • Meanwhile mix together the milk, whipping cream, condensed milk, sugar, cardamom and cinnamon then place on medium heat and cook until just boiling (stirring frequently). Remove after a few seconds of boiling.
  • Once puff pastry has cooled, break into small pieces and place in a large casserole.
  • Layer with the nuts and shredded coconut, reserving some of each for garnish. Don't add the raisins yet or they will burn.
  • Pour the hot milk mixture over the casserole spreading evenly.
  • Spread the can of table cream over the surface.
  • Bake in the oven for approximately 15-20 mins until hot and bubbling, then broil for 5-10 mins until surface is golden brown. Add the raisins a few minutes before removing from the oven to toast them.
  • Serve immediately, with nuts on the side for topping.



  • If you don't have puff pastry, feel free to use croissants. Especially if you have some stale ones lying around. Cut the croissants into large chunks and dry out in the oven until crispy, then follow the same steps
  • You can make this ahead of time and re-bake just before serving (check the make ahead instructions section in the post)
  • You can use many different types of nuts, make it your own!


Calories: 1154kcal | Carbohydrates: 109g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 73g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9g | Monounsaturated Fat: 31g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 106mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 1017mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 61g | Vitamin A: 1370IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 488mg | Iron: 4mg