Mana'eesh (J)gibneh - Cheese Pastries

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
SERVES: 8-10
YIELD: 18 pies




  • Dissolve the sugar in the ¼ cup water. Sprinkle the yeast over the water and let ferment and bubble.
  • In a large bowl combine the yeast, flour, salt, olive oil, egg, and warm milk. Knead until a soft dough is formed. Dough will be slightly sticky, so always make sure your hands have a little olive oil on them.
  • Lightly grease the same bowl with olive oil. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with a clean cloth and leave in a warm dry place for at least 2 hours, until doubled.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Take fist-fulls of the dough and on a floured surface roll out into small balls. Let rest for 5 minutes. Flatten each dough ball into 4” disc, about ½” thick.
  • Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and top with cheese. Repeat with remaining dough and cheese.
  • Bake until golden brown, about 18-20 minutes. Serve warm.