Zaatar Bread Recipe is a lebanese flatbread which is mix with a herb called zaatar. In the Middle East, they call this recipe as Zaatar Manakish.
In Western countries, we are all familiar with pizza as a flatbread with toppings of meat, cheese or vegetables. But, in the Middle East or Levantine countries, we call this a Manakish which is an Arabic version of flatbread pizza. The techniques of making a pizza is basically similar but the ingredients are different. Manakish can be topped with either zaatar, cheeses or spiced ground beef.
During my childhood, when I lived in Kuwait, this is a very popular bread that is widely eaten by the locals. I remember my Aunt from Kuwait serve us a very tasty and fluffy Zaatar Manakish bread during snack time in her house. We ate this together with hot tea which blends well. The taste of the zaatar herb is very similar to thyme, except it has additional spices like sumac. Also, zaatar is very healthy which is rich in vitamins and antioxidants.
In this post, I will be sharing you my easy recipe of Zaatar Manakish or Zaatar Bread as we call it.
What is Zaatar?
Zaatar is a middle eastern herbs which is made of Thyme, sumac, marjoram, sesame seed, and salt. Some people think that zaatar and thyme are the same since it has almost similar odor and taste. However, despite they come from a same family plant, thyme is an add on of Zaatar.
Honestly, I never made my version of Zaatar, and I just use the ready made za’atar that is found in arabic grocery stores. I believe this is easier and more convenient if you are not familiar with that spice.
Recipe ingredients of Zaatar Manakish
The ingredient of making a dough of a Zaatar Bread is similar as to making a pizza except the topping is different. Here are the ingredients you needed when making a Zaatar Manakish recipe.
- White Flour– I am using an all purpose flour white flour which is similar type of flour when making my mini pizza or greek flatbread.
- Salt and Sugar– This will help give sweetness and saltiness of the bread.
- Instant Yeast- This will help grow the dough
- Water– For mixing the flour and the rest of the ingredient
- Olive oil- The olive oil is used for making a dough and mixing the zaatar herbs.
- Zaatar Powder- This is a ready made arabic herbs which I bought from a middle eastern grocery store. This will be use as a topping for my flatbread
What do you eat or serve with Zaatar Bread?
In my time in Kuwait and Jordan, we usually eat zaatar bread at breakfast. However, this can also serve during dinner along with other side foods.
Zaatar Manakish are not eaten alone and they are serve with other foods such as scrambled egg, labneh, halloumi cheese, black or green olives, hummus, cucumbers, tomatoes and of course, arabic tea.
Also, these foods mentioned above are eaten using pita bread or kuboos bread as the locals call it. There is no way you can eat these foods without pita bread or flatbread and they can’t be replace with other kinds of bread.
What Kitchen Tools or Appliances I need to make this Recipe?
When making a zaatar manakish recipe, you need an oven when baking the flatbread like pizza. Without it, you can’t make this recipe and it will not work when cooking in the pan or microwave. Also, you need a tray where you will put the zaatar bread and bake in the oven.
The first thing you need to do is to make a make a dough. Mix warm water with yeast. Add the flour, salt, sugar, olive oil and the yeast mixture in one large bowl. Mix it all together and use your hand to knead the dough. Add more flour if sticky or add more water if it has too much flour.
Later, add a tablespoon of olive oil in the dough to give a nice fluffy texture. Cover it cloth and leave it for 1 to 2 hours. While waiting for the dough to grow, prepare a ready made zaatar and mix it with olive oil in a small bowl for later use.
After 1 to 2 hours, remove the dough and roll into long cylindrical shape, and use a knife to divide them into 8 balls. Instead of using a rolling pin, use your hand to make a small round shape. Brush it with olive oil before adding the topping of the Zaatar-olive oil mixture. Repeat the rest of the 8 balls.
Preheat the oven 200 C or 400 F. Brush the olive oil in the tray before transferring all the zaatar bread. This will help prevent sticking on the tray. Lastly, once the oven is already hot, transfer the Zaatar Manakish and let it baked for 10 minutes. Serve it with any hot tea and you are done.
Below is the full instruction of Zaatar Bread Recipe
For making a dough
- 3 cup of white flour
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 2 teaspoon of sugar
- 1 tablespoon of instant yeast
- 2 tablespoon of olive oil
- 1 1/4 cup of water
For Zaatar Topping
- 5 tablespoon of zaatar
- 1/4 cup olive oil
- Combine 1 cup of warm water and instant yeast in a big cup. Mix them well.
- Combine flour, salt, sugar, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, and yeast-water mixture in a large bowl. Stir them using a wooden spatula. While mixing, add another 1/4 cup of water. Remove the spatula and continue mixing them using your hand.
- Knead the dough using your clean hand. Add another 1 tablespoon of olive oil and continue kneading to have a soft and fluffy dough. After that, cover it with a cloth and leave it for 1 to 2 hours
- Combine the zaatar mix and the olive oil in a small bowl. Mix them well.
- After 1 to 2 hours, remove the dough from the bowl and transfer into a clean and empty table.
- Sprinkle the dough with flour and use your hand to roll the dough into a long cylindrical shape. Use a knife to divide into 8 pieces. Shape each pieces into a ball.
- Use your hand to make a round and fluffy flatbread. Brush the tray with some olive oil before transferring them to avoid sticking the bread into the pan.
- Add the zaatar mix topping in each of the flatbreads. Repeat this of the remaining bread
- Preheat the oven 200 C or 400 F. Once it is hot, transfer into the oven with 200 C or 400 F and bake it for 10 minutes.
- Avoid mixing the yeast with hot water since this will kill the yeast and slow down the growth of the dough
If the dough is too dry, add another 1/4 cup of water
If the dough stick to your hand, add more flour.
Nutrition InformationYield 8 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 238Total Fat 11gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 9gCholesterol 0mgSodium 378mgCarbohydrates 39gFiber 2gSugar 1gProtein 6g
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