Exams are at the doorstep and now it is tedious not only for my kids but also for me to keep them energized for their studies. One good way of making my lil ones get to study is making them wonder treats that they love and enjoy. Who does not love warm, soft yummy buns fresh out of the oven??? The honeycomb buns have been long in my to do list and finally made time to lay my hands on it.
Honeycomb buns or commonly called as Khaliat Nahal, ( which means Bee Hive ) is one among the yummiest, softest and sweetest buns of the Arabic.The bun resembles a honeycomb structure and would have a honey glaze to top it. Though they are mostly known for the sweet versions, savory versions could also be made, or infact, any filling that your creativity could take you….;)
These beauties are quiet easy to make and I promise you, the best that you could bake for your family. Warm and moist and perfect for winter mornings or afternoon tea….mmmmm…cant express the yumminess in words !!!!
The moment I put these beauties in the oven, my son has been wandering round and round and waiting and peeping through the oven glass to see them rise and puff….and once it was done, he was like ” Mom pls give me one, NOW !!!” I had to calm him till my shoot was over and then, it all vanished in a jiffy, with my daughter too being in it. Had to fight with them to get a bite and keep a few aside for my poor hubby….lol….:)
Recipe adapted from here
Servings – 12 buns
For the Dough
2 1/2 cups All purpose flour ( or half and half of All purpose and wheat flour)
40 gm butter, melted
1/4 tsp salt
1 cup lukewarm water
3 tbsp Sugar
1 tsp yeast
2 tbsp milk for brushing the dough
For the Filling
As per your choice, I used 1 tbsp cream cheese for each bun.
Glaze/ Sugar Syrup
1/4 cup Sugar
2 tbsp water
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp lime juice
. Grease either a 9″ cake tin or 8″ cake tin well with oil and keep aside.
. Melt the butter and make sure this is a bit cool while adding to the dough.
. In a bowl, mix the ingredients for the dough and knead well to make it into an elastic dough. ( Add flour if required to make the dough to a non sticky, but elastic enough to work consistency )
. Roll the dough into a large bowl and place in a well oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel and let it rest for about 1 hour.
. After an hour, knead gently and then divide the dough into two.
. Roll them length wise and then cut them to about 1″ size pieces.
. Flatten them and place the filling as per your choice, pinch at the top and roll to a smooth ball.
. Place the filled balls in the greased pan in concentric circles. ( mine was small and hence was easy…lol..)
. Cover with kitchen towel and let it rest for another 20-30 minutes.
. Brush with milk and then bake in a preheated oven at 180C for about 25-30 mins.
. Make the glaze in the meantime as the glaze has to cool thoroughly. .
. To make the glaze, bring sugar and water to a boil and let it simmer for a minutes. take of flame and then add the honey and lime juice and leave it to cool.
. Once the buns are done, pour the cool glaze over the hot buns and let them rest for a few minutes.
. Serve it hot along with hot milk or tea and enjoy your breakfast or tea with your family !!!!
.This is the sweet version, however, i used very less amount of sugar both for the buns and the glaze, you can add sugar as per your choice.
. While opting for the savory fillings, make sure you sprinkle white sesame seeds before baking the buns.