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    1 hr 20 mins

    55 mins

    25 mins

    Sydney Mike's Note:

    This recipe combo was found more or less intact in the 2002 cookbook, Mediterranean Street Food. Preparation time does not include time needed for dough to rise.

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    1. 1
      FOR THE DOUGH: In a small container stir together yeast & 1/4 cup warm water, then set asde for 5-10 minutes.
    2. 2
      In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour & salt, then make a well in the center & pour in the oil.
    3. 3
      Work in the oil with your fingertips until completely absorbed, then add the yeast water & knead with your hands for several minutes.
    4. 4
      Gradually add another 1/4 cup warm water & knead until dough is smooth & elastic, then form into a ball, cover with a damp cloth & leave in a warm place for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
    5. 5
      FOR THE TOPPING: In a skillet over medium heat, combine thyme, sumac & sesame seeds, stirring continuously until the aroma rises & the mixture is slightly toasted. Salt to taste & set aside to cool slightly.
    6. 6
      In a small bowl, mix together all the topping ingredients.
    7. 7
      Divide the dough into 4 equal portions & roll each into a ball.
    8. 8
      Dip the first ball of dough in flour on all sides, then shake off the excess before rolling it into a thin disk about 1/8-inch thick.
    9. 9
      Make a few dimples across the flat dough, pressing hard with the tips of your fingers (done to stop oil in the topping from running out during cooking), then spread a quarter of the topping over the disk of dough.
    10. 10
      Place a nonstick skillet over medium heat & cook the dough in the skillet, topping side up, for 3-5 minutes or until bottom is crisp & lightly golden.
    11. 11
      Repeat the procedure to make the rest of the breads.
    12. 12
      Serve hot or warm, either plain or with some yogurt or . . .

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on June 10, 2010


      Loved the seasonings! Fairly easy but did not understand what to do with the last 1/2 cup oil so did not use it. I don’t think I flattened them thin enough, so I ended up flipping them to get both sides done. Served with North African-Style Stewed Chicken, Stir Fried Carrots With Mango and Ginger, and Stir Fried Carrots With Mango and Ginger. Thank you littlemafia for posting. Made for Unrulies Under the Influence while traveling through NA*ME during ZWT6.

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    • on September 18, 2011


      As I sow the photo of this recipe I could not resist and i had ro prepare some.
      Delicious! Really worth to try them!
      We had this with Chicken With 40 Cloves of Garlic and Creamy Thyme Sauce #463221. So yummy! Thanks a lot for posting this!

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    • on February 19, 2012


      The flavour of the topping is great. I changed ours to be gluten free so I can't speak of the bread part since it didn't turn out perfect. I used the basic idea with the addition of an Arabian white cheese chopped fine in the topping. I used previously made za'atar, the olive oil and onion. DD1 (4 years old) and I loved it. DH didn't try because I had wrapped the bread in a clean tea towel and not a BREAD(?) towel to stay soft!!! (Gluten free bread may get hard easily)

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    Nutritional Facts for Manaquis Bil-Za'tar -- Thyme Bread (Lebanon -- Middle East)

    Serving Size: 1 (138 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 502.6
    Calories from Fat 311
    Total Fat 34.6 g
    Saturated Fat 4.7 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 622.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 42.0 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.6 g
    Sugars 0.1 g
    Protein 5.9 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    powdered thyme


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