Hello folks and welcome to Recipe Wednesday. We do hope you had a lovely weekend trying all our recipes (well, some of them at least, lol!). We promise to bring you menus that wet the lips and keeps them coming back to your table. This week we are in the historic city of Luxor, Egypt. The home of the pyramids and the land were the pharaohs still lie. To see more of this ancient but interesting city, click here. This week we will be making an Egyptian dessert, Om Ali.

Om Ali is a blend of puff pastry, milk and nuts. It is a meal celebrated from the ancient story of Om Ali, wife of Sultan Ezz El Din Aybek. After the Sultan died, the second wife had a dispute with Om Ali, resulting in the second wife’s death.  

If you are excited as I am, get your cooking utensils and let’s get cooking.

Preparation time: 30 minutes

Cooking time: 30 minutes

Serves: 8

Calories: 934 (Not too much of it people, that’s almost half of your daily body intake)


1 (17.5 ounce) frozen puff pastry, thawed

½ cup chopped walnuts

4 cups milk

1 cup flaked coconut

½ cup heavy cream

1 ¼ cups white sugar, divided

1 cup raisins

1 cup chopped pecans

1 cup chopped hazelnuts



Preheat oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C. Butter a large baking dish. Place the pastry sheets in the baking dish and place in the oven. When the top layer gets gold and crunchy take it out of the oven. Do this until all pastry sheets have the same texture.

Puff pastry 2

Preheat the oven broiler. While it heats, in a bowl, add the walnuts, pecans, hazelnuts, coconuts and ¼ cup of sugar. Break the cooked pastry into the nut mix and stir. Spread mixture evenly in the baking dish.

chopped hazel nuts

chopped walnuts


Heap Of Raisins

Heap Of Raisins

coconut flakes

In a medium saucepan, boil the milk with ½ cup of sugar and when hot, pour over the nut mixture in the baking dish.

sugar in a wooden spoon on wooden plank


Beat the heavy cream with the remaining sugar until it is stiff then spread over nut mixture and place under oven broiler until top is golden brown. Serve hot.

Om Ali


Recipe culled from: All recipes


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Michael Alvin

Michael Alvin

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Michael Alvin is a lawyer and a UNESCO certified journalist. At Afro Tourism, he blends creativity with his training in telling moving stories about his personal experience on his various trips across Africa.
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