Servings : 2 small or 1 large
This is one of the most delicious Arabic breads ever! Khaliat al Nahal (known by many as Khaliat Nahal) simply means Bee's Hive. This is due to the bread's resemblance to a honeycomb and for the sweet, honey-flavoured topping it's glazed with.
It's a 'softer_than_cotton' type of bread, with some cheese filling in every bun, and a sweet glaze on top. I did a lot of experimenting with various different recipes to finally come up with my own master, no-fail recipe!
Ingredients for glaze/syrup
- 1 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup water
- 1 tbsp. honey
- pinch of saffron
Ingredients for dough
- 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 cup milk
- 2 tbsp. milk powder
- 1/2 cup water (might use less)
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp. sugar
- 4 tbsp. oil
- 4 tbsp. melted butter
- 1 1/2 tsp. instant yeast
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 6-8 portions/triangles of cheese spread (I used The Laughing Cow, but you can use any available to you, like Kiri or Al-Marai, etc.)
- 1 egg (for egg wash before baking)
For the glaze/syrup:
Boil the sugar, water and saffron together for a few minutes until it is slightly thickened. Remove from the heat and add the honey. Mix and set aside to cool completely.
For the dough:
Sieve the flour, then add milk powder, sugar, yeast and salt. Then add the oil and butter and the egg, and mix together. Now add all the milk. Start kneading together and gradually add the water a little at a time. You might not need it all, so add it sparingly until your dough is nice and soft. Knead for a good 8-10 minutes. The more you knead it the softer the buns will be.
Touch a bit of oil with your fingertips and apply all over the ball of dough. Cover in a bowl and set aside for 40mins to an hour for it to double in size.
If you click HERE, you will able to see step by step instructions.
Punch it down, and break off tiny bits of dough. You should get about 40 tiny pieces out of this. Take each piece of dough, and stretch it out with your fingers, then add a small piece of cheese in its center. Bring the edges together and form a ball so that the cheese is completely enclosed within the dough. Repeat this with all the dough.
Grease your pan/pans with butter. Place the balls of dough in a 'honeycomb' pattern. Try to get them close to each other so that there are no or very little spaces in between.
Cover the pans and set aside for a second rise, about half an hour.
Now apply egg wash on the balls, preheat your oven to 180 C and bake for about 20-25 minutes, or until the bread is nice and golden on top.
The egg wash I prefer to use for a lovely glossy finish is made this way. Take 1 egg, beat it with 1 tsp. of milk. Brush on the bread/rolls/buns and bake as directed! 🙂
Remove from the oven and pour your syrup all over the hot bread. Remember that the syrup needs to be cool and the bread needs to be steaming hot straight from the oven. Turn it out and place on a rack to cool and for the syrup to glaze slightly.
If you want to cut down on the sweetness, use less syrup or instead of pouring it onto the bread, just apply it using a brush on the tops of the bread. 🙂
If you do not like cheese, you can use chocolate instead in the center. Just cut any good quality chocolate bar into cubes and use them instead. Even nutella works but might be a little bit messy during closing it into the dough, unless you solidify it a bit first. 😉
Serve and enjoy!
A must try recipe.
A must try recipe.
I have made it twice turned out great.
Just want to ask fauzia I didn’t get 40 balls out of the dough only max 20…wondering why?
Aww thanks! I make the balls
Aww thanks! I make the balls REALLY tiny, literally a bit bigger than a marble,. That is why I get 40. 🙂
I tried this recipe, easy as ABC but i burned mine lol, i was suprised to see that the bread was still soft althogh it was burned. Very good recipe, Allah barik.
PS my kids didnt like the laughing cow cheese, can i use mozzarella instead?
Jazaki llahu khair
Hi, yes absolutely! You can
Hi, yes absolutely! You can use any filling they like, even pieces of chocolate or some peanut butter or jam or nutella. You can make it savoury and put bit of chicken in there or keema, in which case you can omit the sugar syrup of course. Anything works. 🙂
Hello. i was kind off
Hello. i was kind off confused about the honeycomb. How do i make the balls? and put the cheese in the middle??
Hi, just cut pieces of dough,
Hi, just cut pieces of dough, stretch them out with your hands and put a piece of cheese in the middle then bunch it back up into a ball.
This recipe is ALWAYS a succes and everyone loves it.
I only have trouble with making pizza dough or rose rolls…they turn out dryer…pizza is even more dry then the rose..
THerefore i thought how is it that the honeycomb dough turns out always soft?
Can i use this dough recipe also for salty ingredients like the rose rolls or pizza….or other type of filling that is more salty???
Wish you All the best.
Hi, could be that you are not
Hi, could be that you are not kneading the dough enough or you are overbaking the dish. Make sure you bake for not more than the recommended time given. And yes you can use whichever dough recipe you prefer for the pizza, although if done correctly, the pizza dough recipe is perfect for pizzas. 🙂
Assalamualaikumwarahmathullah I have made this honeycomb and mashaallah it turned out perfect ever time. But the only problem I face is every time the baked thing sticks to the bottom of the pan. I always grease my pan with butter. But I just find it difficult to turn it out. Please help me out from this
W/Salaam, thank you!
W/Salaam, thank you! Sometimes it depends on the type of pan used. Try greasing with oil instead of butter and see if that helps. Or line the pan with baking parchment or aluminium foil so that you can lift the whole thing out and carefully peel off the paper.
I tried it.. it was yummy..
I tried it.. it was yummy.. thanks a lot dear
Can this dough be used for pizza and I also wanted to reduce the sugar added to it … Is it possible
W/Salaam, this is an enriched
W/Salaam, this is an enriched dough and not the perfect one for something like pizza. Please have a look at my pizza/pasta album for the best pizza doughs to use. 🙂
i made it 2day but wasnt as
i made it 2day but wasnt as soft and fluffy! should the 1 cup milk be warm or hot??
And i didnt need the water for the dough the milk
was enough! gona try it again thank you:)
You need to make sure you are
You need to make sure you are kneading the dough well. Poorly kneaded dough or dough that is not soft enough will tend to be dense or tough. The milk should be WARM never HOT. 🙂
Hi how long we can store this
Hi how long we can store this?
Hi, in the fridge for a few
Hi, in the fridge for a few days, frozen for up to 2 weeks.
Salaam..is it okay to use
Salaam..is it okay to use cream cheese in the centre? Thanks
W/Salaam, yes you can.
W/Salaam, yes you can.
Slmz.do i use warm or cold
Slmz.do i use warm or cold milk and water
How much grams will be 3n half cup of apf?
Would love to try this recipe.thank you
Please refer to this note for
Please refer to this note for measurement conversions: http://www.fauziaskitchenfun.com/my-measurements
hi fauzia. iv tried ur
hi fauzia. iv tried ur numerous recipes n this tirned out sooper …iv tried it twice. this weekend i plan to make it but am just curious to know that can i make it n store it in freezer 2, 3 days before so as to reduce burden that day? also what isnthe proper method to freeze it. ? like i want to freeze the dough only n make honeycomb on the day i want to bake so as not to occupy too much space in freezer. also how to thaw it before starting to make balls n add filling? wont it become softer in consistency?
Hi, to be honest I normally
Hi, to be honest I normally do not like freezing uncooked dough as I feel that the texture changes a lot after it thaws. I prefer to either bake on the day or bake the bread beforehand and then freeze until needed.
Tried this with cheese n
Tried this with cheese n nutella turned out gr8!! Thanks alwayyys!! Do u hv a recipe for sweet puri/ pakwan!??
Thanks for the awesome
Thanks for the awesome feedback! No at the moment I do not have that recipe.
Hey assalam aleikum sister
Hey assalam aleikum sister fauzia..mashaAllah your recipes are easy and soo yummy…. jazakillahi dear… had a question can i use mozzarella cheese in the honeycomb.. plz if you cld answer me cz i bought that and wanted to make them today itself… shukraan dear awaiting your reply in sha Allah
W/Salaam, thank you! Yes you
W/Salaam, thank you! Yes you can.
Hey faiza , love your recipes
Hey faiza , love your recipes.
Well i wanted to know if this can be made on stove top ?
Hi, its Fauzia not Faiza :).
Hi, its Fauzia not Faiza :). Yes you can.
Hi i ve tried this recipe
Hi i ve tried this recipe many times..n has turned out very good….today i wanted to make it again but i am falling short of flour ..can i use whole wheat flour instead..plz reply
Hi, the results will not be
Hi, the results will not be as light and fluffy with whole wheat flour but yes it can be used.
Assalam aleykum sister Fauzia
Assalam aleykum sister Fauzia. May Allah bless you for your good work. I’ve made this bread many times and it always comes out superb. Wanted to ask if i can make a shape of braid, just want to make a variation. Can i use this recipe, or which bread recipe of yours can i do the shape with. Your response will be highly appreciated.
W/Salaam, Ameen and
W/Salaam, Ameen and jazakillah. Yes you can shape this in a braid or use my chicken bread recipe which also works really well for shaped breads.
Salamz fauzia sis… I luv ya
Salamz fauzia sis… I luv ya all recipes.. Those r really easy recipes… My question z when I bake sweet bun the top of the bun not will be in brown color n b4 baking it I brush on the top with melted butter. But the bottom part becoming brown n the bun wil b soft… Plz help me hw do I make the bun on the top brown color? Hope u understand
W/Salaam, make sure the top
W/Salaam, make sure the top part of your oven heats as well.
I hv a conventional oven n it
I hv a conventional oven n it hasn’t upper rack for bake… And if I bake any other bun like triangle oven bun n it came perfect like u made…