Khoubiz Mehala

Khoubiz Mehala is an old traditional Bahraini bread which is usually baked in a special clay oven built in the ground. This delicious lightly sweetened bread is usually served alongside halawah and qahwah. This is the perfect recipe to showcase the true flavors or the Gulf region and what I love most about it is that is not to sweet. I love baking these little golden rounds at night so that my husband can have them for breakfast, he adores them.

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon yeast
1/2 cup plus 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/4 cup warm water
1 egg, beaten
2/3 cups pitted dates
1/2 cup boiling water
pinch saffron
1 tablespoon rose water
1 tablespoon sunflower oil

topping:
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup sesame seeds
1 teaspoon ground cardamom

1. In a small bowl add yeast, 1/2 teaspoon sugar and 1/4 cup warm water. Sit aside for 5 minutes until frothy. Meanwhile in another small bowl add dates and 1/2 cup boiling water and in another small bowl add saffron and rose water.

2. In a a large mixing bowl add flour, oil, yeast mixture, rose water and egg, mix. In the bowl with dates and water, mash then add to flour mixture, mix well. Add the remaining water until you have a dough like consistency. Knead well. Cover in a warm place with a damp towel and allow to rise for at least an hour.

3. In a small saucepan on make topping. Add sugar, water and cardamom. Allow to come to a full boil stirring until sugar is dissolved and mixture is thick, about 10 minutes. Pre-heat oven to 400F.

4. Shape dough into small rounds and place on a greased or non-stick baking mat on a baking sheet. Brush tops with sugar mixture then sprinkle with seeds. Allow to bake until golden about 15 minutes.

Yields: 9

6 Responses to Khoubiz Mehala

  • Surbhi says:

    Hi Noor, I came across your blog through cook eat share.You have a wonderful space and so many recipes , so glad that I found your blog :)

  • From Yeast to Zest says:

    Is the sugar wash what makes the outer crust so crunchy? I’ve only had them with the date in the ceter but with all the same ingredients, I loved them.

    BTW, I “Mis-placed” my camera charger for a couple months now (dh says over a couple of weeks it’s just plain LOST) do you know where I can buy one here? I’m sure it’s the same charger like your cam.

  • Noor says:

    Zelia yes that makes it crunchy and a bit sweet.

    Oh no I wonder what happened to it? I am not really sure do they not have a Canon store there? Try any of the electronic stores I am sure other ones will work with it.

  • Anonymous says:

    A Canon store did open up at the Mall but it’s been closed for a few weeks, maybe they’re trying to get people to work there, not sure. Dh says he wont buy me one unless it’s the original, suxx because I have two batteries but no charger.

  • Noor says:

    Yea I do not blame him he may tear it up. When we came here I got a generic charger for my laptop bc mine broke and I am sure that messed it up.

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