Om Ali – Egyptian Bread Pudding

Om Ali is originally an Egyptian dish. It’s a bit like bread pudding (gooey, soft and sweet), although I found it to be not quite as heavy. I’ve adapted a version from Nigella Lawson’s “How to be a Domestic Goddess” by taking out the nuts and adding cinnamon which I found used in other recipes. It’s not a hard dish to prepare but it does take a bit of time. Note: Make sure you put something in the bottom of the oven to catch anything that boils over.

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om ali

  • 200g filo pastry
  • 100g butter, melted, plus some for greasing
  • 60g sultanas
  • 75g dried apricots, diced small
  • 50g pine nuts
  • 1 litre full fat milk
  • 300ml double cream
  • 100g caster sugar
  • fresh nutmeg
  • cinnamon
  • 2 baking sheets
  • 20cm pie dish

Preheat the oven to 300F.

Paint the filo sheets with melted butter and crumple loosely like wet rags, dividing them between the baking sheets. Cook for about 20 minutes until they turn crispy and golden.

Now turn your oven up to 450F. Butter the dish you’re using and crumble the filo pastry into it to cover the bottom, then sprinkle the sultanas, apricots and pine nuts on top, and continue to layer until it is all used up. Heat the milk, cream and sugar in a saucepan, and bring to the boil.

As soon as it’s come to the boil, pour over the filo and fruit layers, grate over some fresh nutmeg and a dust of cinnamon and put the dish back into the oven for 10-15 minutes. The top should be lightly browned, burnished and billowed up with the heat. Leave for a few minutes before spooning into small bowls.

There are 3 Comments

  1. wow! this looks (and sounds) so delicious! bread pudding may well be my favorite dessert ever, so i’m definitely going to give your recipe a try!

  2. Your title – » Blog Archive » Om Ali – Egyptian Bread Pudding – caught my eye on the google blogsearch page. Just goes to show you how important good titles are! ;-) I’ve added to my reader, so I can see what else you come up with

  3. Wow! This turned out really good. It’s so simple and it’s going to be a celebration dish in my family from now on.

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