I love making Lebanese Mankoush with a side of hot tea for a light breakfast or lunch. Zatar is a huge spice mixture throughout the Middle East. Thyme is known for its many medical properties and you will find countries such as Morocco even drinking it in their tea and coffee. I am huge fan of the Zatar spice mix and will eat pretty much anything that it is applied to. I have added my Zatar spice mix on this recipe. You can make the mix and place into a jar in a dark area for storage. The olive oil should not be added into the mixture. I personally love Zatar all over my salads and cheeses such as feta and houllami. I have also discovered that using milk powder instead of actual milk when making bread such as this or pita gives the bread a better consistency and full taste.

1 teaspoon dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sunflower oil + more for rising
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon dry milk powder
1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon warm water

Zatar mix:
3 tablespoons dried thyme
2 teaspoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon sumac
1/2 teaspoon salt

4 tablespoons olive oil

1.      In a small bowl add yeast, sugar and 2 tablespoons of the warm water. Allow to sit for 5 minutes until frothy. In a large mixing bowl add flour, salt, milk powder, oil, yeast mixture and water a little bit at a time. Knead until the dough is smooth and elastic. Place some oil in hands and apply on outside of dough. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit in a warm area for an hour.

2.      Preheat oven to 400F. Divide the dough in half. Roll each piece on a non-stick baking mat into an 8-inch circle. Flute the edges with a fork.

3.      In a small bowl add dried thyme, sesame seeds, sumac, salt and olive oil. Mix and brush onto top of dough with a pastry brush. Prick top of dough with a fork all over. Place on a non-stick baking mat or greased baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes.

Yields: 2 8-inch circles

10 fabulous comments:

  1. From Yeast to Zest3/15/2012

    O' dear lord if you read the recipe name in English, it will make you lybo.. :) Looks yummy, I love zatar as well, of course...

  2. Noor3/15/2012

    What I do not get it?????

    Yea zatar is a favorite of mine on anything like cheese lol

  3. From Yeast to Zest3/15/2012

    Change the "s" to a "c", sorry only I would get it that way...

  4. Noor3/16/2012

    Oh lord I get it lol I thought you meant an English word but I see now :P

  5. Noor3/16/2012

    LOL I thought man saying oh Lord I said country then I noticed you did too at first you hick ha

  6. Stacy aka Fahiima3/18/2012

    Some of the kids at our Antiochian Orthodox parish refer to this as "dirt bread". I could seriously eat it at every meal. The thicker the better w/the zatar. I put it on with a spoon!

  7. Noor3/19/2012

    You sound just like me and I also love it with labne.

  8. UmmHafsa6/24/2012

    Aaaah it was delicious. Used a bit more water... Jazaaki Allaahu khayran ukhti!

  9. UmmHafsa6/24/2012

    Are there any other toppings you can recommend? Is it possible I had them with feta cheese or something? (I ate it in Syria 3 years ago).

  10. Noor7/06/2012

    anytime sis :) Ahh you could do anything with them cheese and honey is good.


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