Khaliat Nahel (Beehives)
syrup 1 cup water
1 cup sugar
1/3 tsp vanilla essence
2 cups white flour
3 tbsp powdered milk pinch of salt
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp yeast
3 tbsp oil warm water, as needed
140g soft white cheese (preferably the Laughing Cow triangle cheese wedges)
1 egg yolk, for egg wash black seeds (nigella seeds)
To make syrup: Mix the water and sugar in a saucepan over medium heat, and stir in the vanilla essence. Cook, stirring, till all the sugar has melted. Remove from heat and set aside.
To make beehives: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, milk, salt, sugar and yeast. Add in the oil and warm water. Mix well and knead till you get a soft dough. Cover the mixing bowl with a damp cloth and set aside for 30 minutes.
Grease a lined baking tray.
Divide the dough into small balls (about the size of a ping pong ball). Press a small piece of the cheese into the middle of each ball, and enclose in the dough. Place the dough balls into the baking tray, allowing themtotouch.
When you have filled the baking tray with dough balls, brush the surface with egg wash. Sprinkle with the black seeds and bake in an oven pre-heated to 250°C for 20 minutes.
Remove from oven and pour the syrup over. Serve warm.