When I used to live in Saudi Arabia, one of my husband’s favorite middle eastern dessert is Um Ali. Now that we moved to another country, the taste is missed so I wanted to try it at home.
Um Ali is an Egyptian dessert. It is a kind of bread pudding. I tried for you this easy version of this dessert.

Um Ali


  •  190°C
  •  15min.
  • Soak the raisins in warm water for 30 minutes.
  • Cut the croissants into medium pieces (using hands) and put it in your oven pan.
  • In a large pan, mix the milk with vanilla extract, geranium water and sugar then bring to a boil.
  • Whip the double cream.
  • Add 1 table spoon of the whipped cream to the hot milk, then pour on the croissants.
  • When the croissants absorb the liquid, put ⅔ of the quantity of the raisins, almonds and walnuts then spread the whipped cream on top.
  • Spread the icing sugar on top and bake in a preheated oven during 10 to 15 minutes at 190°C. The top of the pudding should turn brown.
  • When Um Ali is ready, decorate with the rest of the raisins and nuts.
  • Um Ali is preferably presented warm.

Um Ali