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Umm Ali (Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert)

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.

Have you tried Egyptian desserts? If not, you should try this one! Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert (Umm Ali) - such an easy and delicious treat!

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.

Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert (Umm Ali Dessert) - such an easy and delicious treat!

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!

Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert (Umm Ali Sweet) - such an easy and delicious treat!

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.

Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert (Umm Ali) - such an easy and delicious Egyptian Sweets!

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!

Egyptian Dessert (Umm Ali Dessert) - such an easy and delicious treat!

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.

Add this to your Egyptian Dessert Recipes! Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert (Umm Ali) - such an easy and delicious treat!

I know you’re here because you like to try new things, so be brave and go try this one!!

Here’s the Umm Ali Recipe!

Umm Ali Recipe (Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert Recipe)

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!
4.6 from 45 votes
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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: African
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 6
Calories: 149kcal
Author: The Wanderlust Kitchen
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Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
Umm Ali Recipe (Egyptian Sweet Pastry Dessert Recipe)
Serving Size
 
1 serving
Amount per Serving
Calories
149
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
8
g
12
%
Saturated Fat
 
5
g
31
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Cholesterol
 
18
mg
6
%
Sodium
 
70
mg
3
%
Carbohydrates
 
16
g
5
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
13
g
14
%
Protein
 
3
g
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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 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.

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Anetta

Hi, I'm Anetta! Welcome to The Wanderlust Kitchen, where I share recipes and travel stories from all around the world. Here you'll find a world of recipes you can have confidence in. These recipes celebrate authentic food heritage as well as modern techniques and ingredients. I believe that food brings us together as much as it sets us apart. Be brave, try something new!

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Comments:

  1. I just returned from Egypt 3 days ago and was looking for this recipe; fun dessert soup. BTW, now is the perfect time to go to both Egypt and Jordan – you can see Jorash, Petra, the pyramids, tombs, temples, churches & mosques without crowds. Once in a lifetime experience – I used Memphis Tours. Covid travel is a pain but the complete lack of crowds makes it worth the hassle.

  2. Hi, This is traditionally a Nubian desert (extreme south) from teethe southern most point of the Egyptian Nile. Very friendly people and the crime rate is high- SOMEONE stole4 Tomatoes in 2019!

  3. Made this for my book reading group discussion of “The Alchemist” by Paulo Coelho. It was super easy as you basically just throw everything together and bake. There’s nothing to slice or dice, not even an egg to be broken. Anyway, this was a big hit with the group. The raisins and almonds give it a middle eastern flavor that is a rich and satisfying but is not terribly sweet.

  4. Hi, can this be made in advance? How should it be stored and how long will it stay good? Looks delicious thanks for posting.

  5. This looks delicious and should be renamed “Yumm Ali” – now pinned and will be attempting it this weekend. Egypt is one of my favourite places to visit but, sadly, I haven’t been back since the “Arab Spring” uprisings of a few years ago.

    But some time in the not-too-distant future, I hope …

    All best,

    Penny