Za’atar Manaqish (Flat bread with spice)

Za’atar Manaqish (Flat bread with spice)

This Middle Eastern bread with the flavourful za’atar spice is an ideal snack. It can be served with a green salad, lab Meh or feta cheese. I was introduced to za’atar when I was suffering from nausea and it cured me. I have been a fan since.


(Makes 20)

All-purpose flour 3 cups

Yeast 3 tsps

Water 1 cup

Sugar 2 tsps

Olive oil 2 tbsps

Salt 1/2 tsp

Za’atar spice 4 tbsps mixed with 4 tbsps of olive oil


Add the sugar to lukewarm water and sprinkle the yeast on it. Mix and let it stand for 5 minutes.

Mix the salt and olive oil with the flour. Use your fingers to rub in the oil.

Add the yeast mixture and make a dough.

Sprinkle flour on the counter top and knead the dough for 10 minutes.

Transfer the dough into a greased bowl and let it rise for 2 hours. The dough should double in volume.

Punch the dough and make 20 balls. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

Using your fingers punch the dough into flat circular discs. Spread the za’atar and olive oil mix on top.

Bake for 12-15 minutes in a 200 degree C oven.

Serve warm.