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Middle Eastern Bread Pudding | Umm Ali

Umm Ali is hands down my favorite bread pudding of all times. It's sweet, it's decadent, it's milky, it has all the textures; crunchy, chewy, soft and juicy. You really can't go wrong with this crowd pleaser. Read along for my family's Umm Ali recipe:


1 tbsp butter

5-6 large stale croissants

3.5 cups whole milk

1/2 - 3/4 cup condensed milk (+1/4 cup for the end)

1 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup sugar (+2 tbsp for the end)

1/3 cup desiccated coconut

1/4 cup raisins

1/2 cup roughly chopped pistachios

1/2 cup slivered almonds

handful of ground pistachios


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Butter the bottom of a large and deep baking dish.

  2. roughly shred croissants into the dish, leave aside

  3. In a sauce pan, heat milk, condensed milk, 1/4 cup sugar, coconut, raisins and nuts until just before boiling. Remove from heat.

  4. Add the milk mixture to the croissants and let it sit for 2 minutes

  5. In a medium bowl, add 1/4 cup condensed milk, 2 tbsp sugar and the heavy cream and whisk until combined.

  6. Add cream mixture to the top of the croissants and make sure it's covered everything.

  7. Bake for 20 minutes or until the top is golden brown.

Enjoy this warm with a cup of hot tea on a cold night in. Bonne Apetit my cheries


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