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4 from 2 votes

Khailat Al-Nahl ~ Sweetened Honeycomb Bread

A delicious bread, filled with cheese and drizzled with sugar syrup!
Course Breads
Cuisine Yemeni
Prep Time 2 hours 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 3 hours 45 minutes
Servings 6 -8
Author Rafeeda


  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbsp softened butter
  • 5 triangles cheese cut into three peices
  • 2 tbsp milk for brushing
  • For sugar syrup:
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • 1/2 tsp orange blossom water


  • Heat milk till lukewarm. Combine the sugar and yeast. Set aside for 15 minutes to froth.
  • Add the ingredients from flour to butter and mix well. Add the yeast mixture and start kneading till it becomes a soft non-sticky dough.
  • Set aside in a well oiled bowl till doubled in size, for an hour and a half.
  • Deflate the dough and divide into 15 equal balls.
  • Spread by hand into a round and place a piece of cheese in the center.
  • Cover and shape like a round and place in the center. Repeat with all other balls similarly. Place six around the center ball and then the remaining 8 on the outside. Leave some space in between for the balls to expand. Allow the buns to rise for another one hour.
  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Brush milk over the buns. Bake them for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, combine water and sugar in a saucepan and bring to boil. Simmer for 5 to 10 minutes. Switch off and add the honey and orange blossom water. Mix well. Keep syrup warm.
  • As soon as the buns come out of the oven, pour the warm syrup all over and allow it to soak up the liquid. Serve warm.