Manakeesh Bil Za'atar (Flat Bread With Za'atar)

READY IN: 2hrs 20mins
YIELD: 8 discs




  • To make the dough, sift the flour, sugar, yeast and salt in a large bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre and add in the water and knead till the dough has come together leaving the sides of the bowl clean.
  • Transfer onto a clean work surface and knead for about 10 minutes till the dough is smooth and elastic.
  • Lightly grease the bowl and transfer the dough into the bowl and cover with cling film and leave it in a warm place till it has doubled in bulk, for about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Meanwhile, pre-heat the oven to gas mark 7/425F/220°C.
  • Put 2 large oiled baking sheets in the oven to heat.
  • Knock the air out of the dough and knead again for about 2 minutes.
  • Divide into 8 portions and roll each ball between your palms until smooth and round.
  • Flour the work surface and flatten each round with a rolling pin until it is circular, even, and about 1/4 inch thick.
  • Cover and leave in a warm place to rise for 20 more minutes.
  • Brush the tops of the discs with a little olive oil.
  • In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients for the zaatar spice mix and add in the remaining oil and give it a good mix.
  • Spread the oil-zaatar mixture over the surface of each bread.
  • Slide the bread onto the hot baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.
  • Remove from the oven and serve hot.