Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Khaliat Nahal/Honeycomb Buns/Bee's Hive Buns ~~ We Knead To Bake #9

Nothing can beat the aroma of freshly baked breads at home and obviously homemade breads are the best without any preservatives. Home made breads are very much tastier than the store bought one and they are damn cheaper and doesnt take much time to prepare at home. If you ask me to bake a bread everyday, i dont hesitate a second at all. Coz bread making are definitely a stress burster, if you want to feel free from your stress just bake a bread at home.Homemade breads are more nutritious when compared to store bought ones,needless to say that we can mix and match the ingredients according to our wish.

For our this month's We Knead To Bake, a monthly baking event by Aparna of My Diverse Kitchen, we baked honeycomb buns aka Khaliat Nahal.This bread is very easy to make with a sweet or savoury filling in it, which is then covered with a sugar syrup, a typical Middle Eastern Confectionery. Khaliat Nahal means Bee's Hive in Arabic hence these buns are baked close to each other in round pan to form a honeycomb like pattern. Traditionally these buns are made as sweet with plain cream cheese, glazed with honey flavoured syrup but Aparna suggested even the savoury ones.I chosed the sweet version and i went for semi sweet chocolate chips for the filling, trust me this chocolate stuffed buns are just fantabulous, none could stop with one. A prefect evening snacks to enjoy with a cup of masal chai,these buns are seriously very addictive.

For Dough: 
1cup Lukewarm milk
1+1/2tsp Instant yeast
1tsp Sugar (for yeast)
3tbsp Sugar
2+1/2cup All purpose flour
1/4tsp Salt
40grms Butter (melted)
2tbsp Milk for brushing

1cup Semisweet chocolate chips

For Sugar Syrup:
1/4cup Water
A pinch Saffron
1tbsp Honey
1/2tsp Lemon juice

Take the flour,salt,sugar and melted butter in a bowl, mix it for few minutes.

Combine the milk,yeast,sugar in a small bowl and keep for 5minutes.

Add this yeast mixture to the flour mixture and knead until you get a smooth,elastic dough.

The dough be soft and elastic but not sticky,if its sticky add more flour if needed.

Shape the dough as a ball and place it in a greased bowl, cover and let it rise for an hour.

Turn the dough to a work surface. Cut the dough into 2 halves and roll it as a rope, cut each rope into 1inch piece.

Take a piece and flatten it out a little, place enough chocolate chips for filling in the centre.

Bring the sides together,wrap the dough around the filling, pinching it closed at the top. Smoothen into a round ball.

Place this in a well greased round cake tin. Repeat the same process with the remaining pieces.

Arrange the filled balls of dough in a concentric cricles. Cover it with a paper towel and let it rise for about an hour.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Brush the top with milk and bake the buns for about 20-25minutes until the crust turns golden brown.

Meanwhile take the sugar,water and saffron in a pan,bring it to boil,put the flame in simmer and cook until its turns bit thick.

Put off the stove,add the honey and lime juice.Mix well and let it cool.

Once the buns comes out of the oven, pour the syrup over the top of the buns.

If you want your honeycomb buns to be less sweet, just brush the syrup over the top.

Let it sit for a while, serve warm.


  1. Priya, Wow! Baking - la ungalai adichikkavee mudiyaathu..Baking Queen.
    bake seyya aasai thaan,nane sappittu sappittu weight poduthu athanal konjsam break.

  2. wow looks stunning aks ;) i ma bookmarking tis for sure ;) adorable cute bite balls with chocolate wow

  3. such beautiful looking buns... so gorgeous...

  4. OMG, gorgeous. gotta make some for myself now.

  5. wow fabulous honey comb buns :) Looks superb and of course they are bcoz they are baked by our baking queen :)

  6. have made it picture perfect Priya!! looks soo good!!


  7. wow!!!Perfect picture Priya. Love all your recipes.

  8. Stunning buns akka, u r a baking queen...

  9. looks simply yummy and mouthwatering.

  10. I love the surprise little filling inside :)

  11. I am still in love with that shine :-)

  12. Priya ,I learn so much from you,thank you.Hope someday I will reach this much perfection everytime I bake.
    The baked buns look picture perfect.

  13. looks like real bee hives..only active bees are missing..(just a joke)perfectly made..gorgeous clicks..

  14. Stunning looks.. Very tempting filling.. superb akka..

  15. do i need to say anything for the perfect baking queen :-), awesome in one word :-)

  16. so so Enticing...gorgeous....very tempting clicks....love your all reciepes Priya!!!! I am slow at baking but seeing after this i am inspired to bake....thanks for sharing!!!!

  17. Ah, these little buns look so cute! Wonderful & tempting indeed!

  18. looks awesome... beautiful clicks...

  19. Bread looks so soft akka. Loved the fillig

  20. Such gorgeous looking bread Priya!

  21. bread looks amazing! so soft and delicious.

  22. Wow fresh from oven!!! Perfectly baked and the picture is stunning :) Bookmarked it !!!

  23. Beautiful bee's hive buns! Your baking skills are impeccable!

  24. Very pretty Priya,came out perfect,loved the glaze...

  25. This is one of my favourite breads and ne of the most popular posts on my blog. I sually make it with cream cheese filling. The chocolate version sounds good too.

  26. wow!!!!They look so cute priya!!!Perfectly baked

  27. Hey Priya can I know the shelf life of these buns

  28. Its stays prefect for two days in room temperature, but its hard to resist to them, am sure you will finish it within a day..@M.P.KUMUDA Shree


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