bint al sahn
Bint al Sahn
Prep Time
1 hr
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
1 hr 25 mins
Bint al sahn is a traditional Yemenite cake that is deliciously covered with honey.
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Middle Eastern, Vegetarian, Yemenite
Servings: 8 people
Author: Sarah-Eden Dadoun
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 cups flour
  • ½ cup butter , melted
  • 1 tablespoon dry yeast
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • ¼ cup butter
  • 1 egg yolk
  • Sesame seeds (or nigella seeds)
  • Honey (warm)
  1. Dissolve yeast in ¼ cup of lukewarm water (80 F).
  2. Set aside for 10 minutes until it gets foamy.
  3. In a large bowl, combine, the dry ingredients: flour, salt.
  4. Add 3 eggs, melted butter and activated yeast.
  5. Knead the dough for about 15 minutes until the dough starts to hold up. Cover with a dry cloth and set aside 30 minutes.
  6. Separate the dough into small balls of 2½ oz each. Keep a 3 oz ball for the top layer of the cake. You will get between 10 to 12 balls.
  7. Let rise another 30 minutes.
  8. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  9. Generously grease a 10-inch pan.
  10. Using a rolling pin, roll the first ball of dough as thinly as possible: you must see through.
  11. Place the layer of dough in the pan.
  12. Using a brush, drizzle melted butter over this layer of dough.
  13. Continue this process for the rest of the dough sheets. For the final layer, coat with egg yolk and sprinkle with black nigella seeds.
  14. Bake for 25 minutes until the cake is golden.
  15. When the butter is still oozing, drizzle generously honey on top of the cake. Serve warm.