Rating: 4.58 stars
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

This Egyptian dessert contains phyllo dough or puff pastry, milk and nuts. Use any kind of nuts that you would like and eat it with a spoon. Legend has it that Om Ali was the first wife of the sultan Ezz El Din Aybek. When the sultan died, his second wife had a dispute with Om Ali, resulting in the second wife's death. To celebrate, Om Ali made this dessert and distributed it among the people of the land.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
total:
60 mins
Servings:
8
Yield:
8 servings
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Ingredients

8
Original recipe yields 8 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Butter a 9x13-inch baking dish.

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  • Place the pastry sheets in the baking dish and place the dish in the oven. Watch it closely. When the top layer turns crunchy and golden, remove it from the oven. Continue until all the sheets are cooked.

  • Preheat the oven's broiler.

  • In a bowl, combine walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, raisins, coconut and 1/4 cup sugar. Break cooked pastry into pieces and stir into nut mixture. Spread mixture evenly in 9x13-inch dish.

  • Bring milk and 1/2 cup sugar to a boil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Pour over nut mixture.

  • Beat the heavy cream with the remaining 1/2 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Spread evenly over nut mixture in dish.

  • Place dessert under oven broiler until top is golden brown, about 10 minutes. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

934 calories; protein 14.7g; carbohydrates 87.4g; fat 62.1g; cholesterol 30.1mg; sodium 214.6mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (30)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2007
I am Egyptian and have been looking for a good Om Ali recipe similar to the one I adore in Egypt. This IS it! Thanks Nancy for sharing a wonderful recipe - anymore Egyptian/Mediterranean recipes please share! Read More
(55)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
08/31/2009
This thickened up more after sitting in the fridge overnight. I don't know what this is supposed to taste like but it was good just waaaaay too much sugar. I think you could safely halve it. Read More
(10)
26 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2007
I am Egyptian and have been looking for a good Om Ali recipe similar to the one I adore in Egypt. This IS it! Thanks Nancy for sharing a wonderful recipe - anymore Egyptian/Mediterranean recipes please share! Read More
(55)
Rating: 4 stars
10/09/2003
Great dessert. Sweet and hugely "more-ish". I recommend varying the nuts and fruit to include flaked almonds and sultanas mixed with chopped dates. I live in the Middle East and eat Om Ali from the finest hotels here and this recipe is as good as any of them. Read More
(47)
Rating: 4 stars
04/07/2008
Great for dessert or even at breakfast time. Also I use croissants instead of filo pastry just break them up into small pieces it's very easy. I also sprinkle a little saffron on the top for 'decoration':-) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/09/2003
My wife and I honeymooned in Egypt in July 2001. We first had this dessert at a little place called Paprika's in Cairo and INSTANTLY fell in love with it! This recipe is quick easy and really captures the taste as we remember it. Doug & Michelle Eckert (East WIndsor NJ) Read More
(12)
Rating: 3 stars
08/31/2009
This thickened up more after sitting in the fridge overnight. I don't know what this is supposed to taste like but it was good just waaaaay too much sugar. I think you could safely halve it. Read More
(10)
Rating: 5 stars
04/20/2009
I have a similar recipe and I make this dessert often. As I know there no one "right" recipe for this dessert. You may substitute some nuts play with amount. I use walnuts hazelnuts raisins dates and coconut. I bring milk and sugar to a boil and then I add 1 egg. Be sure to use heavy cream. Delicious! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2004
This is a special (BUT SUPER RICH!) treat!!! What's that about this not being presentable?? Be creative! If a dish tastes great then it most certainly can be made to look great too! I cut the philo pastry into long strips putting a layer of strips on the bottom of the pan covering with half the nut mixture layering with the rest of the pastry and topping with the leftover nuts. Also I cut down on the sugar... for me sweet with 1/2 cup in the milk & 1/2 cup in the cream! Read More
(7)
Rating: 5 stars
08/09/2010
Awesome and different! THANKS Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
06/25/2006
Wow! Just delicious! Read More
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