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
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