Yemenite honeycomb bread (khaliat al nahl) Recipe

Recipe By Slurrp

Yemenite honeycomb bread, also known as khaliat al nahl, is a delicious and unique bread that is popular in Yemeni cuisine. This bread is soft, fluffy, and sweet, with a beautiful honeycomb pattern on top. It is made with a yeast-based dough that is filled with a sweet cream cheese mixture and then baked until golden brown. The combination of the soft bread and the creamy filling creates a delightful contrast of textures and flavors. Yemenite honeycomb bread is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a sweet treat any time of the day.

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Non Vegdiet
2hr 25minstotal
2hr Prep
2hr Prep
Yemenite honeycomb bread (khaliat al nahl)

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Ingredients for Yemenite honeycomb bread (khaliat al nahl) Recipe

  • 0.17 cup Warm Milk
  • 0.38 teaspoon Active Dry Yeast
  • 1/25 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 0.08 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/25 cup Melted Butter
  • 0.17 Egg
  • 0.67 ounce Cream Cheese, Softened
  • 0.17 tablespoon Powdered Sugar
  • 0.17 Egg, Beaten
  • 0.17 tablespoon Sesame Seeds

Directions: Yemenite Honeycomb Bread (khaliat Al Nahl) Recipe

Cooking Directions

  • STEP 1.In a large bowl, combine warm milk, yeast, and sugar. Let it sit for 5 minutes until frothy.
  • STEP 2.Add flour, salt, melted butter, and egg to the yeast mixture. Mix until a soft dough forms.
  • STEP 3.Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  • STEP 4.Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise for 1-2 hours until doubled in size.
  • STEP 5.Punch down the dough and divide it into small balls. Flatten each ball and place a teaspoon of cream cheese filling in the center.
  • STEP 6.Fold the edges of the dough over the filling and pinch to seal. Place the filled balls in a greased baking dish, close together.
  • STEP 7.Cover the baking dish and let the dough rise for another 30 minutes.
  • STEP 8.Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).
  • STEP 9.Brush the top of the dough with beaten egg and sprinkle sesame seeds over it.
  • STEP 10.Bake for 20-25 minutes until the bread is golden brown.
  • STEP 11.Remove from the oven and let it cool slightly before serving.
  • STEP 12.Serve warm and enjoy!

Cooking Tips

  • Make sure the milk is warm, not hot, to activate the yeast properly.
  • You can add a pinch of ground cardamom or cinnamon to the dough for extra flavor.
  • If you don't have cream cheese, you can use any other soft cheese as a filling.
  • For a sweeter version, you can drizzle honey over the bread after baking.
  • Leftover bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 2 days.

Storage and Serving

  • Yemenite honeycomb bread is best served warm.
  • It can be enjoyed on its own or with a cup of tea or coffee.
  • You can also serve it as part of a brunch spread with other Yemeni dishes.
  • To reheat the bread, wrap it in aluminum foil and warm it in a preheated oven at 350°F (175°C) for 5-10 minutes.
calories per serving
14 g Fat6 g Protein29 g Carbs2 g FiberOther

Current Totals

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  • Carbs
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  • Carbs
  • Protein
  • Fiber


  • Fat

Vitamins & Minerals

  • Calcium
  • Iron
  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B2
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B3
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B6
    < 1mg
  • Vitamin B9
  • Vitamin B12
    < 1mcg
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
    < 1mg
  • Copper
    < 1mcg
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
    < 1mg
  • Phosphorus
  • Selenium
  • Zinc
    < 1mg
Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. All nutritional information presented are estimates and not meant to substitute professional dietary advice or treatment
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Recipe By Slurrp