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Karen's Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread

Karen’s Middle Eastern Za’atar Flat Bread

This easy freshly baked manakish dough is topped with Za’atar seasoning and EVOO. Puffs beautifully with golden crisp edges.
Perfect even for a beginner!

Karen's Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread
Karen’s Middle Eastern Za’atar Flat Bread – crispy, flavorful & light 

I LOVE Making flatbreads in my kitchen!

The process is easy and gratifying. I like the feel of the dough; smooth and silky – and the aroma of bread baking in the oven is so irresistible!

Method:

  • Proof yeast, takes about 10 minutes until bubbly
  • Add yogurt, flour and sea salt and form into a ball
  • Flour your work surface and knead for 10 minutes (can use a stand mixer too with dough hook)
  • Add to an oiled bowl, cover and let rice until doubled, about 1 hour
  • Cut into 4 even pieces, form circles and roll until 1/4” thick
  • Indent with your fingers (bumpy is good!) – brush with EVOO and sprinkle generously with Za’atar seasoning
  • Bake until puffed and golden 5 – 7 minutes
Karen's Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread
Karen’s Middle Eastern Za’atar Flat Bread – Makes 4 6″ flatbreads 
Manakish (also spelled Manakeesh) are a Middle-eastern flatbread typically eaten for breakfast. Delicious and crispy homemade dough is topped with a za’atar topping or sometimes a blend of cheeses for two different variety of Manakish.
Karen's Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread
Dough is easy to work with – shape and roll 1/4″ thick 
Karen's Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread
Gorgeous! 4 Za’atar flatbreads ready to bake Karen's Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread

Karen’s Middle Eastern Za’atar Flat Bread out of the oven

Karen's Roasted Beet Dip with Za'atar Bread Flatbreads
Karen’s Roasted Beet Dip with Za’atar Bread Flatbreads
A Hearty and Healthy Beet Dip with a Rich Roasted Flavor. Add Homemade Seasoned Flatbread for the Perfect Mezze Starter!
Karen's Za'atar Seasoning Blend
Karen’s Za’atar Seasoning Blend
Za’atar is an intensely aromatic and ancient spice blend and condiment with eastern Mediterranean spices.
A balance of citrusy, woodsy, and earthy notes you can blend in your home and use in countless recipes.
Za’atar can also be purchased in better grocers or online.

I hope you enjoy preparing these flatbreads – they are delish!
Karen

Karen's Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread

Karen's Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread

This easy freshly baked manakish dough is topped with Za'atar seasoning and EVOO. Puffs beautifully with golden crisp edges. Perfect even for a beginner!
Servings: 8 1/2 flatbread serving
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup warm water 110 - 115 degrees (use digital thermometer)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons yeast
  • 1 teaspoon pure cane sugar
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cup flour I use organic
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

Za'atar- EVOO Topping:

  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Za'atar

Instructions

Activate Yeast:

  • Dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water (110 degrees; I use a digital thermometer) stirring with a fork. Let stand until bubbly, about 10 minutes.

Dough by Hand:

  • Add this mixture to a medium sized bowl. Add the yogurt, then flour by the half cup, mixing with a wooden spoon. When all has been added, pull together the dough with your hands.
    Place the dough (will be a little sticky) on a lightly floured work surface and knead dough for at least 10 minutes. Indent dough ball with a finger, if indent stays, keep kneading. 
  • Add dough to a lightly oiled medium sized bowl and cover with plastic wrap or damp towel. Set aside until doubled in size.

Shape and Cook Flatbread:

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Divide dough into 4 equal pieces. Shape into rounds and roll each 1/4 inch thick. Add to baking pan or pizza stone.
    Make indents with your fingers over dough, brush with EVOO and sprinkle liberally with Za'atar.
  • Bake until puffed and golden 5 - 7 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Serve whole, or cut into triangles.
  • Dough can be made in stand mixer with dough hook, set for about 8 minutes.  

Notes

This recipe may not be reproduced without the consent of its author, Karen Sheer. 
COURSE: Bread, side bread
CUISINE: Middle eastern
KEYWORDS: Arabic Flatbread, Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread

Karen's Middle Eastern Za'atar Flat Bread

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