Khaliat Nahal (Honeycomb buns)
Sweet/Savory Honey comb shaped buns
Recipe type: Bakes
Cuisine: Middle East
Serves: 18
For the dough
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1½ tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar (for sweet bread)
  • ¾ to 1 tsp salt (for savoury bread) OR ¼ tsp salt (for sweet bread)
  • 40gm butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp milk for brushing the dough
  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds for sprinkling on top (can be used for savoury bread)
For the filling
  • 1 cup of tutti frutti
  • Sugar Syrup/ Glaze:
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • ½ cup water
  • A pinch of saffron
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp lime/ lemon juice
To make the dough
  1. Put 2 cups of the flour, salt, sugar and melted butter in the bowl and mix well. If you are using a processor, run it a couple of times to mix well.
  2. Combine milk, sugar and yeast in a small bowl and keep it aside for 5 minutes.
  3. Add this to the flour mixture and knead it well till you have a smooth and elastic dough which is not sticky. You can add the additional ½ cup of flour as much as you require to get this desired dough consistency. I used about 2¼ cups of flour.
  4. Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a well-oiled bowl.
  5. Turn it to coat the dough completely with the oil.
  6. Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel and keep the dough aside till it doubles in volume.
To make the buns
  1. Place the dough on your work counter and split it into two parts.
  2. Take each part and roll it out into a long cylindrical shape which is roughly about 9 inches long. Cut the dough into 1 inch pieces. You will end up with a total of 18 pieces.
  3. Take each piece and flatten it out a little and place half a teaspoon of filling in the centre.
  4. Pull up the sides and wrap the dough around the filling and then pinch it close at the top. Smoothen it into a round ball.
  5. Repeat the process with the rest of the 17 pieces.
  6. Place the buns in a well-greased round 9 inch baking tray.
  7. Arrange the filled balls of dough in concentric circles.
  8. Cover the baking tray with a kitchen towel and let it rise for about 30 to 40 minutes.
  9. Brush the top of the buns with milk. If you are making savoury bread, sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  10. Bake the buns at 180C (350F) for about 25 minutes, until they’re done and a has golden brown finish on top.
  11. Take it off the tin once it cools a bit (~ 5 mins) brush it with the sugar glaze.
To make the glaze:
  1. Add sugar, water and saffron in a small pan and bring it to a boil.
  2. Now reduce the heat and let it simmer for a few minutes till it starts thickening a bit.
  3. Now take it off the heat and add the honey and the lime/ lemon juice.
  4. Mix well and let it cool.
  5. Keep aside till needed.
  6. Final assembly of the sweet buns:
  7. When the sweet buns come out of the oven, pour the glaze all over the top.
  8. The bread should be hot and the glaze should be cool.
  9. Adjust the sweetness of the buns by brushing less or more syrup.
  10. Let it sit for a while so that the glaze sets a bit. Serve warm!!
You can use any sweet or savoury filling of your choice to make the buns. Some of the options are :
Savoury - cream cheese OR crumbled feta cheese OR crumbled paneer/ cottage cheese, flavoured according to your choice. You can also use any other savoury filling that you want.
Sweet - cream cheese (traditional filling), or any other filing of your choice like chocolate, dried fruit like dates, raisins, chopped nuts, chopped fruit , sweetened coconut filling among others.

Before starting ensure that the melted butter has cooled down a bit before using it to make the buns
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