Khaliat Nahl

Khaliat Nahal or the Bee Hive Bun is a common Middle Eastern sweet dish which is typically filled with cream cheese and then glazed with sweet syrup. Khaliat Nahl means Bee Hive.This is due to the bread’s resemblance to a honeycomb and for the sweet, honey-flavored topping it is glazed with.


What You Need:

1/4 cup Warm milk (warm enough to handle)
2 tsp or 1 pack of active dry Yeast
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp Salt
3 and 1/2 cup Bread flour
6 tbsp Butter at room temperature
1 Egg
2 tbsp Yogurt
1/2 to 2/3 cup Warm Water
8 oz cream cheese
1 tbsp Milk (for brushing over the bread)
1 tbsp Sesame seeds

For The Syrup:

1 cup Sugar
1/2 cup Water
1 tbsp Honey/Agave
1 tsp Orange extract


Here’s How:

Step 1: In a large mixing bowl, Combine warm milk, yeast, sugar and salt. Mix until the yeast dissolves. Next add the flour, butter, egg and yogurt to the milk-yeast-sugar mixture and mix well.

Step 2: Begin kneading with warm water, little at a time, I used 1/2 to 2/3 cup of water. Add less or little more until it shapes to a soft, non sticky dough. Knead the dough for 10 – 15 minutes.

Step 3: Cover and let the dough rise for an hour in warm place. The dough will double in size.

Step 4: Grease a large pan with butter or use a butter spray and set aside. Cut cream cheese in 48 equal parts (or according to the number of rolls you’ll be making)

Step 5: Gently knock down the dough in a floured surface.

Step 6:  Divide the dough into 48 equal parts. (First, I divided the dough into 4 quarters. Cut each quarter into 2, there were 8 equal pieces, each part was cut into 6 equal pieces and at the end, there were 48 rolls)

Step 7: Flatten a ball of dough, add a cube of cream cheese and fold over the ends, pinch them together with your fingers. Roll over in your palm and make into a ball. Place it in greased pan.

Step 8: Arrange the filled rolls in a honeycomb pattern and brush over 1 tbsp of milk and sprinkle sesame seeds. Let it rise for 30 minutes or until the rolls have doubled in size.

Step 9: Preheat the oven at 375 degrees F and bake for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Step 9: Preheat the oven at 375 degrees F and bake for 20 minutes or until top is golden brown.

Step 11: Once the bread is baked to golden brown and out of oven, pour the sugar mixture over the bread.

Compliments from: Sadafs Culnary

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