This Umm Ali is a traditional Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert similar to North American bread pudding. It uses puff pastry, raisins, almonds and coconut to make a delicious dessert!
Okay, before you run away screaming, hear me out. This Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert is totally delicious, easy, and made from really common ingredients.
It’s made with regular old puff pastry, milk and cream, coconut chips, sugar, almonds, and raisins. I buy my coconut chips at Trader Joe’s, but if you can’t find any you can substitute shredded coconut.
Just bake the puff pastry according to package directions, then let it rest until it’s cool enough to handle. Use your hands to tear it up into small pieces into a 9 x 9 baking dish.
Sprinkle on the raisins, coconut chips, and almonds, then drench the whole thing with milk and cream and add a generous dose of sugar. Bake it until it bubbles, then grab a spoon and dig in!
Also, I have a confession to share with you today. I have four Egyptian tattoos! All four of them are on my feet and ankles.
I have a hieroglyphic which represents the notion of “becoming” and the Eye of Horus on my right ankle, then I have more hieroglyphics which represent the love of wisdom on my left food and the Tree of Life on my left ankle.
I’ve ALWAYS wanted to go to Egypt, for as long as I can remember. The Husband and I really wanted to go there for our honeymoon, but 2012 wasn’t quite the safest time to be heading over there.
I’m hoping we can make the trip in a few years. I want to cruise the Nile!
This umm ali recipe is really similar to a bread pudding, just without the eggs. The puff pastry turns into a croissant-like consistency while it bakes and it comes up just warm and gooey and delicious.
I know you’re here because you like to try new things, so be brave and go try this one!!
Umm Ali Recipe (Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert Recipe)
- 1 sheet puff pastry - baked according to package directions and cooled to room temperature
- 1/4 cup sliced almonds
- 1/4 cup raisins
- 1/4 cup coconut chips
- 1/8 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup half-and-half
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Tear the cooled puff pastry sheet into bite-sized pieces and lay in a 9" x 9" baking dish.
- Sprinkle the almonds, raisins, coconut chips, and sugar over the pastry.
- Pour the milk and half-and-half over the top, ensuring it is evenly coating the pastry pieces.
- Bake 15 minutes, until toasty and bubbly.
Please note that this Umm Ali recipe is often spelled with these variations: Om Ali recipe, Ummali recipe, Omali recipe, Um Ali recipe, Oum Ali recipe, or Oumm Ali recipe.