Khaliat al Nahal (known by many as Khaliat Nahal) literally means Bee’s Hive in Arabic. This is because the buns are baked close to each other in a round pan in a honeycomb like pattern and they are glazed with a honey flavored syrup. Now there are many different recipes for this dish. I have compiled a group of them and found an easier and less expensive version.
Here are the ingredients needed for this recipe:
- 3 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. powdered milk
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 pkg. dry active yeast
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1 cup warm water (may need more or less, just enough to form a soft dough) (I added 1/2 tsp.)
- 1/2 (8oz.) pkg. cream cheese
- sesame seeds
- 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 Tbsp. honey
- 1 egg yolk + 1 Tbsp. water
Step 1: In a large bowl, sift together the flour, powdered milk, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
Step 2: Mix in the yeast, vegetable oil, and enough warm water to form a soft dough.
Step 3: Knead for 8-10 minutes. The dough will be smooth in texture.
Step 4: Place dough into a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and place plastic wrap over the bowl. (I recommend to not cover the dough with the cloth, it will stick to the dough. Instead just lightly oil the plastic wrap and cover the dough with it.)
Step 5: Proof for 1 + 1/2 hours.
Step 6: Meanwhile in a sauce pan, combine the sugar, water, and honey.
Step 7: Bring to a boil and allow it to lightly thicken over med-low heat, 3-4 minutes. Allow to cool.
Step 8: Lightly oil and line the bottom of a baking pan. (I will be using a 12-inch cake pan.)
Step 9: Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Step 10: Punch the dough down and divide it into small balls, about 2-3 Tbsp.
Step 11: Create a well in the balls and add 1/2-1 tsp. cream cheese in the center and encase the cream cheese in the dough.
Step 12: Place dough balls into a lightly oiled and lined baking pan, starting from the center and moving outward like a honeycomb.
Step 13: Brush dough balls with the egg wash and sprinkle on some sesame seeds.
Step 14: Bake for 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown.
Step 15: Remove from oven and immediately pour the cooled simple syrup over the buns.
Step 16: Cover the buns with foil and allow to cool to room temperature, about 20-30 minutes. (The syrup will be absorbed into the buns.)