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Om Ali: A Modern Take on an Ancient Egyptian Delight

Elevating Tradition with a Buttery Twist
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Om Ali: A Modern Take on an Ancient Egyptian Delight

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 7 min Cook Time 20 min Total Time 27 mins
Cooking Temp: 180  °C Servings: 3
Best Season: Winter


Om Ali is more than just a dessert; it's a celebration of culture, history, and communal joy. Its simplicity allows for personalisation, making it accessible to all who wish to partake in its creation. Whether you choose to stick to tradition or add your own twist, Om Ali promises to deliver a taste of Egyptian hospitality right to your table.

Originating from the heart of Medieval Egypt, this dessert was born from a competition among the nation's cooks, initiated by the wife of a Sultan, to create the most sumptuous treat. Today, we honour this tradition with a contemporary twist: replacing traditional bread with croissants, introducing a new layer of texture and flavour to this beloved dessert.

The essence of Om Ali lies in its simplicity and the joy of creating something truly delightful from basic ingredients. By incorporating a twist with croissants, this recipe honours the past while embracing the present, offering a dessert that is as versatile as it is delicious.


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  1. Preparation:

    Begin by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius (356 degrees Fahrenheit). This ensures a perfectly warm and inviting dessert.

  2. Prepare the Croissants:

    Cut the croissants into quarters to expose their layers to the milky mixture, ensuring every bite is soaked in flavour.In a baking tray, arrange the croissant pieces and sprinkle them with desiccated coconut, ground cinnamon, and crushed pistachios for an initial layer of flavour and texture.

  3. Simmer the Milks:

    In a pot, combine milk, thickened cream, and condensed milk. Bring this mixture to a light simmer, allowing the flavours to meld together.

  4. Assemble:

    Pour the warm milk mixture over the croissants, ensuring they are thoroughly soaked. Dot the surface with dollop cream and gently spread it with a spoon. This step adds a creamy texture that contrasts beautifully with the soaked croissants.

  5. Bake to Perfection:

    Bake the dish for 15-20 minutes or until it achieves a golden hue. This not only cooks the dessert but also creates a slightly crispy top layer.

  6. Garnish and Serve:

    Once removed from the oven, embellish your Om Ali with toasted almonds, additional pistachios, and edible rose petals. These garnishes add colour, texture, and flavour, making each bite a discovery.

  7. Serving Suggestions:

    Om Ali is best enjoyed warm, where its flavours are most vibrant and its texture most comforting. Pair it with a cup of mint tea or a strong Arabic coffee to balance its sweetness and richness.


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Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I use something other than croissants for this Om Ali recipe?

Yes, Om Ali is incredibly versatile. While croissants offer a rich, buttery twist, you can easily substitute them with brioche buns, bread rolls, puff pastry, or even filo pastry. Each alternative brings a unique texture and flavour to the dessert.

How can I adjust the sweetness of the Om Ali to my preference?

The sweetness of Om Ali can be easily adjusted by varying the amount of condensed milk used. If condensed milk is too sweet for you or not available, you can substitute it with sugar, adjusting the quantity to suit your taste. Start with a smaller amount and add more as needed.

Is it possible to make Om Ali dairy-free?

Yes, you can make a dairy-free version of Om Ali by substituting the milk and cream with their plant-based counterparts. Almond milk, coconut milk, or oat milk can be excellent alternatives, offering a different but equally delicious flavour profile. Just ensure that the plant-based milk you choose complements the other flavours in the dessert.

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