Khaliyyat Al-Nahl

My family absolutely adores this golden bread filled with cheese and covered with sugar syrup. This is bread that you will find served in many Saudi and other Arab homes. These superb rolls have a slight sweet taste and are filled with cream cheese; we use Kiri then topped with sugar syrup or honey. You can even sprinkle black sesame seeds on the bread before baking for another great flavor.

1 cup + 2/3 cups all purpose flour
2 tablespoons warm water
1/2 cup warm milk
1 egg
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon yeast
dash of salt
cream cheese
egg white

1. In a small bowl add yeast, 1/2 teaspoon of sugar and water, stir. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until frothy.

2. In a large mixing bowl add flour, sugar, butter, yeast mixture, salt. Add egg and milk a bit at a time until a dough consistency has formed. Form a ball, oil hands and apply all around dough ball not working into. Place into bowl, cover with a towel and place in a warm place for at least an hour.

3. Pre-heat oven to 350F. Meanwhile, ball dough into small balls the size of a large egg. Shape into a bowl and stuff with a heaping teaspoonful of cream cheese. Form back into a ball. Place balls in a greased pie tin touching one another. Cover with a towel and allow to rest for 10 minutes.

4. In a small bowl mix egg white with 1 tablespoon of water. Brush on top of bread. Place bread into oven and cook until golden, 25 minutes. Drizzle sugar syrup or honey on top of bread.

Yields: 8-9

13 Responses to Khaliyyat Al-Nahl

  • Um Abdulkarim says:

    Salam :-)

    Yes these are definetely a hit at my family’s house too. We make them alot smaller so they are more bite size. Ive also tried alternating and stuffing them with dates too.

    Umm Karoom

  • Noor says:

    Last time I made theme smaller I like them that way but my dh wants A LOT of kiri in them lol. I used almost i tab for each one :p I am sure dates is so good as well inshAllah next time :)

  • Skye says:

    Yummy these look like perfect little soft pillows of goodness! And the cheese ohh the cheese mmmm perfect combination Noor im going to be extremelly busy over the next few months with all these great recipes you keep coming up with…

  • UmmBinat says:

    Salam alaikum dear sister Noor I have been searching for this recipe for a few years!! Shookran jazeelan I will make them when I can insha Allah.

  • Anonymous says:

    asalamu alaikun

    sis can you explain when you say 1 cup, and 2/3 cups of purpose flour..not sure whether i have read it correctly.

  • Noor says:

    Wa Alaykum Salam it means that you use 1 cup of flour and another 2/3 cup of flour.

  • Embla says:

    Hi Noor, I’d like to make these, but could you please clarify the first instruction that says “yeast, 1/2 tsp yeast, and water” is that the listed 1 tsp yeast plus another 1/2 tsp yeast? or did you mean 1/2 tsp sugar?

    Thanks. :)

  • Embla says:

    Hello my dear! I made it today, and it was delicious! Thank you for your help earlier and also thank you so much for the post, I can’t wait to explore more of your Saudi recipes. :)

    P.S. Just curious – what does kiri taste like??

  • Noor says:

    Kiri is kinda like cream cheese but not so strong kinda like a velveeta white cheese with a cream cheese look and feel.

    I am so glad you liked them.

  • Firdous Habib says:

    Asalam alaikum. Tried these for Iftar yesterday and my family loved them. Used Kiri, mascarpone and jam as fillings. Jazaakillahi Khair for sharing.

  • Noor says:

    Wa Alaykum Salam I am so glad they worked out for you. I need to make a batch we love them.

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