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Om Ali Recipe

Written by on May 3, 2022

Freshly baked Egyptian Dessert in a casserole dish.

Om Ali is a traditional and national Egyptian Dessert. It is basically a bread pudding in which Egyptian bread is soaked in milk with nuts and baked with clotted cream topping. Om Ali is sometimes also spelt as Um Ali or Umm Ali, all these are the same dessert.


Om Ali means the mother of Ali. The dish is named after the wife of a ruler from the Ayyubid dynasty in Egyp. She made this dish to celebrate her victory and distributed this dish throughout the country. The victory was a revenge story popular in Egypt but here’s we would just like to dwell in the sweetness of the dessert and forget about the bitter parts of history.


For milk

  • ▢2½cup milk
  • ▢¼cup sugar
  • ▢½teaspoon cardamom powder
  • ▢¼teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • ▢1tablespoon crushed almond, more for garnish
  • ▢1tablespoon crushed pistachios, more for garnish


  • ▢¾cup cream, heavy, whipping, tetra pack
  • ▢13Palmier biscuits, see notes 1
  • ▢2tablespoon golden raisins, optional
  • ▢6tablespoon whipped cream, whipped to stiff peaks


  • In a saucepan heat milk with all ingredients for milk. Bring it to a boil then let it simmer for 15-20 minutes until the milk is reduced to half.
  • Let it cool a bit then add cream and mix well. Set aside.
  • In an 8 inch casserole break 10 palmiers into large bits. Also, sprinkle raisins.
  • Pour milk-cream syrup over broken palmiers.
  • Now break the remaining 3 palmiers and sprinkle over the milk.
  • Dot the casserole with whipped cream.
  • Bake in a pre-heated oven for 15 minutes at 350 F until bubbling hot.
  • Then broil for 15 minutes until golden and you see a few dark spots on a biscuit.
  • Garnish with freshly toasted nuts and serve. (Skip garnish if you don’t like nuts.)


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