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how to make om ali

Om Ali Recipe (Egyptian Bread Pudding)

Om Ali (aka Um Ali) is a delicious Egyptian dessert that’s the Middle Eastern version of bread pudding. My version is made with buttery croissants, milk and heavy cream, with a hint of cardamom. Add nuts in the pudding, or top it with some, it’s divine either way.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 329kcal


  • 4 medium sized croissants - roughly torn into bite size pieces about 2 cups
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup +1 cup heavy cream divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • A pinch of cardamom powder optional
  • Assorted nuts for topping I used almonds, pistachios and cashew nuts


  • Preheat oven to 200 C. Arrange the croissant pieces on a baking sheet, and bake for about 10 minutes or so, until they’re slightly crispy.
  • While the croissants are crisping up, add milk, heavy cream, sugar, and cardamom powder to a saucepan. Bring to a boil, and remove from heat.
  • Place the croissant pieces in an ovenproof dish and then pour over the hot milk mixture.
  • Now spread the whipped cream all over the surface of the om ali, and turn on the broiler of the oven.
  • Place the baking dish and bake for about 5 minutes or so, until the top is golden brown.
  • Remove from oven and top with your choice of nuts.
  • Let rest for a few minutes, and then serve. Om Ali tastes best when warm, but its good to eat cold as well.


Calories: 329kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 238mg | Potassium: 221mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 772IU | Calcium: 165mg | Iron: 1mg