Um Ali

Um Ali actually means the mother of Ali, which Ali… we don’t know, there are millions of them, but just the thought of this woman is being so famous because of her dish, makes me dream the one day there will be a dish named after ME… LOL… enough dreaming, back to the dish!

It’s again one of my favorites (of so many favorites I’ve got 😉 ) of quick desert recipe, it’s easy but rich in flavors, in the summer you ca eat it with ice cream, in the winter just eat it eat while it’s hot.



  • 5 pcs croissants
  • 2  1/2 cups fresh milk
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp golden raisin
  • 1 tbsp  sliced pistachio
  • 1 tbsp sliced almond
  • 1/2 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tbsp rose water
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar


  1. Heat  the oven 180′ C
  2. Arrange the croissants in an oven dish
  3. Pour the milk over
  4. Sprinkle raisin, pistachio, almond, cardamom, cinnamon and sugar.
  5. Baked for 8 mins or until top of the dish slightly browned
  6. Take it out of the oven, while hot pour in the rose water.

  1. Ali’s mom was very smart to make a bread pudding with croissants and dried fruits! Ali was a lucky boy! But you’re also smart and lucky for making and eating it! Must be delicious!

  2. Zita, this is beautiful 🙂 I’ve never heard of Um Ali (odd that we don’t have it in Malaysia) but I do so love bread pudding. Never tried it with croissants though. Must!

  3. Zita – I like your presentation with the pistachios dancing around the plate…

  4. oh you made it … how nice of you. Um Ali really looks delicious Zita . 2 thumbs up for bread /croissants desserts !

    • Luis
    • May 15th, 2009

    I had Um Ali in Libya and Saudi Arabia and LOVED IT!!!!!!!

    A great desert…..

    • Lilly
    • October 19th, 2009

    I love this dessert .But i always eat then in restaurant .i will definetely try to made it.Thanks!

  5. very tasty . i will make it

  6. i made it but didnt like it at all . eeeeeuuuuuuuuuu

    • PiterJankovich
    • March 29th, 2010

    My name is Piter Jankovich. oOnly want to tell, that your blog is really cool
    And want to ask you: is this blog your hobby?
    P.S. Sorry for my bad english

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