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Um Ali, Egyptian Bread Pudding

Um Ali literally means by "Ali's mother" and it is a delicious dessert from Egypt. a cross between Baklava and bread pudding, the creaminess and the crunch of nuts makes it absolutely worth those calories
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine egyptian
Servings 6 servings


  • 6 filo sheets of pastry
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2.5 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom powder
  • 3/4 cup cream
  • strands saffron few
  • 1 tbsp rose petals dried
  • 1/4 cup pistachio flakes
  • 1/4 cup almond flakes
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup cashews chopped


  • Pre heat the oven to 180C for 20 minutes.
  • Line the filo pastry sheets and bake till crisp for 15 minutes, set aside for cooling
  • Mix together milk, butter, cream, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, cardamom, rose petals, saffron and bring to a boil. Simmer for 2-3 minutes and set aside for cooling.
  • Once both the milk and pastry sheets are cooler, in a large baking dish break half the pastry into smaller pieces and spread. Sprinkle dry fruits and nuts and cover with the rest of the pastry.
  • Now using a laddle, pour the milk mixture evenly over the pastry. Let it sit for 10 minutes so that most of the liquid gets absorbed.
  • Bake at 220 C for about 20 minutes.
  • Serve warm or cold topped with some more rose petals and nuts


Some notes
1. It is traditionally made with puff pastry sheets but I am just about recovering from fever and had no strength to make puff pastry, besides it is not easy in Bangalore to get ready made puff pastry so I used filo, if you can get puff pastry please use that, something tells me results will be even delightful
2. I added the butter in the recipe to compensate for the fat, which the original didn't have since I wasn't using the puff pastry but filo, if you are using a puff pastry skip the butter.
3. If you can lay your hands on unsalted khari, this would be great to bake with that. Just start from step 3.
PS: I was down with fever and hence lagging behind in posts but trying to catch up so stay tuned
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