Za’atar Manakeesh

Za'atar Manakeesh - Arabic Za'atar Bread

Za'atar Manakeesh - Arabic Za'atar Bread

Za’atar manakeesh is Arabic za’atar pizza. Our mom used to buy it fresh from Tamimi Markets in Saudi Arabia, and now we make it at home. If you can’t find the za’atar spice mix, you can make it yourself from a blend of thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac. The za’atar mixture is mixed with a bit of olive oil to make a paste and then spread over thinly rolled bread dough before being baked.

Za'atar Manakeesh - Arabic Za'atar Bread

This bread was also available in our cafeteria at school, and some students would eat it as a side for their hot meal, or dipped in hummus.

Za'atar Manakeesh - Arabic Za'atar Bread

Za'atar Manakeesh
Recipe type: Breads
Cuisine: Arabic
Serves: 4 pizzas
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For the bread dough:
  • 3½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp dry yeast
  • 1¼ cups lukewarm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
For the manakeesh topping:
  1. Stir the yeast in the water and set aside for 5 minutes, or until it starts to bubble up.
  2. Mix flour, salt, and sugar in a large bowl.
  3. Gradually pour the yeast water and oil into the dry ingredients. Stir well to bind, then knead for 5 to 10 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic, and feel a bit like an earlobe.
  4. Place the dough into a large bowl greased with olive oil. Place a damp tea towel over the dough and let rise in a warm place for 1½ to 2 hours, or until doubled in size.
  5. Punch down the dough. Divide the dough into four equal-sized pieces.
  6. Place the dough back into the bowl and let rest for an extra 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 450F.
  8. On a floured surface, roll each ball of dough into a disc about 10-inches or 25-cm in diameter.
  9. Transfer the dough to a cookie sheet.
  10. Mix the za'atar spice mixture and olive oil to make a paste. Spread evenly over the four dough discs.
  11. Bake 20 minutes, or until the crust is baked and golden brown.

Za'atar Manakeesh - Arabic Za'atar Bread

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9 Replies to “Za’atar Manakeesh”

  1. Amazing! Different too. Not sure I could pull it off but I appreciate you sharing it with many this week on Party at My Place.

  2. I love za’atar on pita. Now I will have to give this a try. Thanks for sharing.

  3. That looks amazing. And nice photo styling too.

  4. I have ordered za’atar from and will definitely try this recipe thanks

  5. I’ll try anything with sumac! This looks quite good! Thanks for sharing on the “What’s for Dinner” link up~

  6. This looks delicious! Thank you for sharing at the Sunday Fitness & Food Link-Up. Pinned 🙂

  7. honestly never heard of this bread but it’s sounds absolutely tasty! :):)

  8. This looks pretty darn wonderful! Thanks for sharing the recipe with us at Brag About It! Pinned and tweeted.

  9. Wow, that bread looks so good! I’d love to try this recipe sometime. Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight party! Pinned & Shared. Hope to see you again soon.

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