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Zaatar Manakish

Summer's picture
  Active dry yeast 2 Tablespoon
  Sugar 1 Teaspoon
  Warm water 1 1⁄2 Cup (24 tbs) (About 110 To 115 F)
  All purpose flour 3 Cup (48 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Olive oil 1 Teaspoon

1. Put yeast in 1/4 cup of the water, add sugar and let stand for 10 minutes until it starts to over flow. This means that the yeast is becoming active.
2. Put half of your flour and salt in a bowl or a pan with wide edge.
3. Form a well in the center and pour in yeast mixture and add the water little by little so you get a feel of the dough.
4. Begin to mix with hand, I never use a mixer or a machine, it is more fun to use your own hands to do it, relaxing too, beats any stress therapy!!
5. Add remaining flour as needed and knead for few minutes more until you feel that the consistency is what you are looking for in the dough. Even if the dough is sticky, it’s ok it will be great when it rises.
6. Oil a large bowl and place dough in bowl and turn to coat with oil.
7. Cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm place for 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
8. Dough should be doubled in bulk. But you can use it once it has risen to your liking.
9. Flatten the dough in an oiled pan. I usually use my hands in flattening the dough using a little bit of cooking oil to do so.
10. Mix the Za3tar (Thyme) and olive oil together, you might add some fresh diced tomatoes to it to give it a kick and spread on the dough evenly.
11. Make sure that your oven is preheated to around 450 degrees F.
12. Bake your Mana2eesh till they are golden brown on the edges.

13. Serve with a drink or as desired.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Preparation Time: 
130 Minutes
Cook Time: 
20 Minutes
Ready In: 
150 Minutes
Arabic Bread with Spice Mix
Zaatar manakish is a real show off of the richness of Arabic cuisine. This bread looks jazzy and tastes sapid. Watch the video and see how easy it is to make at home and if you get the right ingredients you could blow off anyone with it's rustic looks and amazing flavors.

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Nutrition Rank

Nutrition Facts

Serving size

Calories 379 Calories from Fat 22

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 3 g3.9%

Saturated Fat 0.36 g1.8%

Trans Fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg

Sodium 252.4 mg10.5%

Total Carbohydrates 76 g25.2%

Dietary Fiber 4.1 g16.4%

Sugars 1.5 g

Protein 13 g25.1%

Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 0.04%

Calcium 2.2% Iron 31.1%

*Based on a 2000 Calorie diet


tanya3286's picture
This recipe is awesome!! the thyme should really make this great, along with the tomatoes... yum!! this is so much better than the regular homemade bread and the song in the background is sooo exotic :) ..very Arabian indeed.. thanks for all of it!
fateme's picture
i baked the dough 1 weeks ago and i wasn't successful it didn't rise as i expected and after that it was sticky so i couldn't work with the dough as it should be.would you please do me a favor and tell what the problem is? the taste of the dough i have already bake was incredible however the only problem i had was the sticky-dough. thank you
Summer's picture
Thanks Fateme for trying out the recipe. I am sorry the dough is not working for you. i guess you need to work on your yeast proofing, meaning if you are not using instant yeast you have to put your yeast in lukewarm water , add sugar and let it activate , this should take less than 15 minutes. once the yeast is working , add it to your flour and knead, you do not need to knead the dough much. add water to the flour to make the dough not too running (soft) or not too hard. it should be in between to make it easier to work with. if your dough becomes too sticky you need to add a touch of flour to it and this way it will not stick to your hands. a tablespoon of oil to coat the dough and the bowl is needed, set aside and let it rise in a warm place, it might take an hour to three hours, depending on the warmth of your kitchen. best of luck and let me know how it works out for you. Sahtain!
Zaatar Manakish Recipe Video, Arabic Bread With Spice Mix