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Monday, October 14, 2013

Honey Comb Buns / Khaliat Nahal (Honeycomb Buns or Bee’s Hive Buns)

When I first saw my dear friends sharing this amazing and fabulous buns in blogosphere I was so excited to try it and tried these beautiful buns at my home. It was so worth trying I will try it again and again bcoz we fell in love with this super moist bread and I made a sweet filling so it was super yummy . Thanks to +Sangeetha M  for making me try  this delicious bread. These honey comb breads can be a  great snack with tea or coffee or can be enjoyed as is . Thanks to Aparna for sharing this amazing recipe .

As Tomorrow is Eid wanted to share this bread which is  most popular in muslim community . They make the sweet version of this bread  for Iftar  - the evening meal after following a day fast . This bread is an arabic method  are generally stuffed with cream cheese and  glazed with saffron flavored sugar syrup But hear I have tried the sweet stuffing as we do for Dilkush or Thengai bun, the sweetened coconut stuffing. 

Eid Mubharak To All

Honey Comb Buns

Khaliat Nahal

Bee's HIve Buns

Recipe source : My Diverse Kitchen


For the dough:

2 1/2 cups Bread flour /All purpose flour
1 cup lukewarm milk
1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp sugar ( to add in yeast)
3 tbsp sugar ( to add  for the dough)
1/4 tsp salt 
40gm butter, melted
2 tbsp milk for brushing the dough

For the filling

1/2 cup Grated coconut
4 tbsp  sugar 
2 tbsp Tutti Frutti

Sugar Syrup/ Glaze:

3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
A pinch of saffron
1 tbsp honey
1 tsp lime/ lemon juice


  • Cool the butter before using.Put 2 cups of the flour, salt, sugar and melted butter in the bowl  and mix it well with you palms till they become crumbly .
  • Combine the milk, sugar and yeast in a small bowl and keep for 5 minutes.
  • Mix in the Milk yeast mixture to the flour and knead the dough until you have a smooth and elastic dough which is not sticky. 
  • Add the remaining 1/2 cup of flour as you need to get the consistency of bread dough.  Use the 1/2 cup flour as need I used all 2 1/2 cup flour .
  •  Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a greased bowl, and also coat the upper part of the dough with oil. Cover and let it rise till double in volume, for about an hour.
  • Turn the dough out onto your work surface. You will not be needing much flour as the dough would be pliable.
  •   Cut it into 2 halves. With your palms, roll out each half a “rope” about 9” long. Cut each rope into 1” pieces and roll the cut dough into balls and do the same for rest of the dough.
  • Take each piece and flatten it out a little with your finger and palms and place half a teaspoon of filling in the centre.
  • Now pinch all the ends to the center and close the dough ball without any gaps . Smoothen it into a round ball. Place this in a well-greased round 9” cake tin. Repeat with the same  remaining  dough and the filling. 
  • Arrange the filled balls of dough in concentric circles in the cake tin.
  • Cover with a kitchen towel and let it rise for about 30 to 40 minutes. 
  • Brush the tops with milk and sprinkle the sesame seeds over this.  Bake the buns at 180C (350F) for about 25 minutes or until they’re  a nice golden brown on top.
  •  Let them cool in the tin for about 5 minutes and then on a wire rack.
  • If you’re making the sweet version, make the sugar syrup/ glaze during the first rise of the dough.

Sugar Glaze/ Sugar Syrup

  • Make this when you keep the bread dough for first rise .
  • Put the sugar, water and saffron in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil. 
  • Let it simmer in low flame for a few minutes until it starts thickening a bit. 
  • Turn off the heat and add the honey and the lime/ lemon juice. Mix well and let it cool. Keep aside till needed.

How to proceed 

  • When the sweet buns come out of the oven, pour the syrup all over the top of the  the buns.  
  • The bread should be too hot and the syrup/ glaze should be cool. 
  • You can even brush the sugar syrup if you don't like too much sweet.
  • Let it sit for a while for the syrup/ glaze to set a bit. Serve them warm with tea/ coffee.


  1. Wow- beautiful breads and pictures :)

  2. Amazing.. Perfectly baked and tempting buns....

  3. cute, delicious looking buns, very perfectly baked Manju! luv ur pics n presentation, so neat n inviting :)

  4. the idea..honey comb buns looks inviting!

  5. Cute looking bun, so delicious and tempting..Makes me drool.

  6. Buns look soft, yummy and delicious.

  7. Beautifully made honeycomb dear :) looks so perfect and i love the filling you have made

  8. perfect looking honey comb perfect

  9. wow thats perfectly done !! great

  10. beautiful... looks so soft and yummmm

  11. It has come out perfect for u. loved the shine !

  12. Even I want to try this, you have done it beautifully..

  13. Lovely buns.I am big bun lover.Lovely clicks manju

  14. Love these buns and I make them so often.
    Thanks for sharing your version.

  15. looks like real bee hives but honey bees are missing....super tempting clicks..

  16. Super awesome Manju, I am gonna try this soon...


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