Mana’eesh Bread

Recipe by Annacia
READY IN: 24hrs 10mins




  • Combine the flour, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a standing mixer fitted with a dough hook. Add the water and oil and give the mixture a few turns with a rubber spatula until a rough dough forms. Knead on medium speed until the dough comes together but is still a little ragged, about 7 minutes. Transfer the dough to a lightly oiled bowl or dough-rising container, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and refrigerate overnight. It will double in volume.
  • One hour before you want to bake, remove the dough from the refrigerator. Turn it onto a lightly floured counter top and use a bench scraper or sharp chef’s knife to divide it into 2 equal pieces for large flat breads or 6 equal pieces for small ones. Shape the dough pieces into loose rounds, sprinkle with flour, and drape with plastic wrap. Let stand until puffy and almost doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
  • While the dough rounds are proofing, place a baking stone on the middle rack of the oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F.
  • Line a baker’s peel with parchment paper. Use your hands to stretch the larger dough pieces into 8-inch circles or press the smaller ones into 3-inch circles. Place the dough circles on the parchment-lined peel. Press your fingertips into the dough rounds to create little dimples. Brush the rounds liberally with olive oil and sprinkle with za’atar.
  • Slide the dough, still on the parchment, onto the hot baking stone and bake until lightly browned, about 10 minutes for large breads, 7 minutes for small ones (don’t overbake or they’ll be too hard). Slide the breads, still on the parchment, onto a wire rack to cool slightly. Serve warm, or cool completely and serve at room temperature. Mana’eesh are best eaten on the day they are baked.
  • For longer storage, freeze in a zipper-lock plastic bag for up to 1 month. To defrost, place on the counter top for 15 to 30 minutes, and reheat in the oven at 350°F for 5 minutes before serving.