Arabic Sweet Bread with Cream Cheese (Khaliat Nahal)


3 cups flour
1 Tbsp. yeast
3 Tbsp. powdered milk (Nido is easy to find in the Middle East.)
1/4 ts. salt
1 egg; beaten
1/8 cup oil
1 1/2 cups water

1. Mix the flour, yeast, salt, and powdered milk in a large bowl.
2. Add the oil and water and mix to form a very soft dough.
3. Set aside and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
4. Cook the sugar, water, and lemon juice on low heat for 10 minutes.
5. Once the dough has risen, punch down and make little balls.
6. Put a piece of the cheese at the center of each ball; close making sure no cheese is sticking out.

7. Put them in a lightly grease pan close together. (See picture)
8. Brush the top with the egg and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven until the bottom is
9. Remove from the oven and evenly pour the sugar syrup over top.


1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
1/2 ts. lemon juice


Cream cheese or Kiri cheese (Laughing Cow Cheese); cut into cubes


  1. assalamu alaykum...

    I will try this one today inshallah...

  2. wa alaikum salam

    let me know how it turns out.

  3. Assalaamu alaikum

    well there goes my so-called secret recipe that made me famous :) LOL!!

    Umm Isa

  4. 350 that really high but i put it on the maximum temp my oven can go i tried mine with sesame seeds no cheese and it in the oven at the moment. it harvest season so i will send this one to school for the children to taste............

  5. 350 F (180 C) It isn't hight at all. I hope it turned out ok.

  6. I made this tonight for turned out great, mashaAllah!! Easy to make.

  7. I am so happy that it turned out. I was also told that it is great with Nutella in it.

  8. I tried this recipe exactly how its written but the dough was so watery that it stuck to my hands like glue. R u sure its 1 1/2 cups water for 3 cups of flour???? Please help, this recipe sounds sooooo delicious and I would love to make it successfully.

  9. Assalamu alaikum
    Sister, I tried this recipe with my little sister Hedaya, and masha'allah it turned out delicious. The cheese was really creamy. Thank you sister!

  10. i'm doing a project for school about somalia. one of the requirments is to have a how-to! i figured this would be an easy nice thing to do

    -teenaw hoblick

  11. Asalamu Alaikum,

    Just wondering what type of flour you used?

  12. i've always wanted to know how to make this and now i know how!! thanks you ~ im so excited to try it out this ramadan for my family =D

  13. asalamu alaykum sister this so nice jazaka alah kair

  14. masha alah sister

  15. Mashaallah I have been searching for this recipe. Jazakallah khair, inshallah I will make it for iftar.

  16. subhannallah so lip smacking


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