January 04, 2015 Bekaa Lebanon Middle East

Tasty Discovery: Homemade Kaak bi Halib from Kherbet Anafar

One of my absolutely favorite bites is Kaak bi Halib or what are also known as soft milk buns or milk cakes. I love them and my preferred to date has been the ones sold at Salon des Familles in Zahle. But, recently I came across some really good ones at the Beirut Cooking Festival. 


I met a lady there who makes some good and tasty milk cakes... But I wouldn't really call them Kaak bi Halib as they are a somehow different – let’s say a revisited version of my favorite bites. 

Round circular kaak topped with sesame seeds and ready to be enjoyed. Just imagine: A moist kaak where nutmeg, mahaleb, vanilla and lemon zest are strongly felt in every bite. 

Aromatic and rich, these are different from the original Kaak bi Halib I usually enjoy from Zahle. They're less fatty and taste different. I personally got to know them at The Beirut Cooking Festival and went searching for its producer. All the way from Kherbet Anafar in West Bekaa, I received two bags carefully produced by Mrs. Lina Haddad. 

I opened the bag… One bite, followed by the next, the third… and I ended up eating four. I could not stop.  

Considering they're different and very rich in aromas, prepare yourself for something out of the ordinary, homemade straight from the village.


Good to know:

  • These kaaks are handmade and homemade
  • Cooked in a wood oven, they are baked slowly and unevenly so don't be shocked if some are a bit dry. If I could change one single thing, I'd make them more moist.
  • Flour, vanilla, sugar, lemon zest, nutmeg... They do contain a dozen rich ingredients
  • Richly aromatic, the experience is memorable 
  • They're sold for only LBP10,000/Kilo, that's LBP5,000 each bag


Ingredients: Flour, sugar, yeast, baking powder, crisco margarine, sesame, nutmeg, mahaleb, spices, lemon zest, vanilla and love.

Produced by Mrs. Lina Haddad, you can call her directly for your orders on +961 8 645303 or +961 70 671399.

These kaak last 20 days without fridge and two months in the fridge.

Categories: Tasty Discoveries





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