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Zaatar Pita Bread | Manakish Za'atar Bread
A delicious pita bread from Lebanon - Zaatar bread topped with the zaatar spice mix. Learn how to make this yeast-based bread with step-wise pictures.
Zaatar Pita Bread
For Yeast Proofing
For the Bread
All purpose flour
1 tbsp + 2 tsps
For the topping
Zaatar spice mix
In a bowl add the lukewarm water, sugar and yeast and mix
Let it sit for 10 minutes.
Preparing the Dough
In a wide bowl add the sifted flour, salt, and olive oil and combine them.
Now slowly add the yeast mix and combine to form a dough.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes.
Transfer this mixture to a wide bowl greased with oil and cover it with a cling wrap and set aside until the dough has doubled in size. It took me about 1.5 hours this time.
Preparing the topping
Mix the za'atar spice with ¼ cup of olive oil and set aside.
Preparing the bread
After the dough has risen, divide it into four equal portions
Knead the dough on a dusted surface and roll out into a thin round shape.
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Place the pizza stone drizzled with semolina or cornmeal while preheating.
Now press fingertips all over the rolled bread forming indentations
Spread the prepared topping over the bread leaving the edges.
Carefully place this on the pizza stone and bake for 8 minutes.
Let it cool and serve with hummus or with your favorite curry. Err; this bread tastes great without any sides. Thanks to the Zaatar topping.
You can bake this in the regular cookie tray. I used my pizza stone.
Instead of regular yeast, you can use instant yeast, and instant yeast can be added directly to the dough and no proofing required.
Adjust the zaatar spice mix as per your preference.
Temperature plays a significant role in dough rise. So the rising time varies.