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Zaatar Manaqish

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Zaatar Manaqish or Manakish is a very popular traditional Lebanese flatbread, topped with a mixture of Za’atar spice and  olive oil.  Zaatar Manaqish stores well, works great as a quick breakfast, brunch, or appetizer! It is one of my kids’ favorite snacks. I always have some stored in the freezer as a back up in case there is a fuss over dinner. My kids call these Zaatar Manaqish, Pizza 🙂

Nothing compares to the smell of freshly baked Zaatar Manakish in the morning! Have you checked my zaatar swirl bread recipe, yet? 

What is Zaatar?

Zaatar is a is a combination of ground dried oregano and thyme, sumac, and roasted sesame seeds. I bring back all my zaatar mix from Lebanon every year. My Mother in Law makes the best zaatar blend in town! For the manakish topping, zaatar  is mixed with some olive oil and spread on top of each flatbread, before baking to perfection.

Zaatar Manaqish Dough

Making the dough from scratch is easy to prepare. The dough recipe is similar to that used in my  Spinach Pies, Lahm bi Ajeen- Lebanese Meat Pies and Cheese Manakish. However, if you don’t have the time to prepare homemade dough, you can use ready-made pizza dough or frozen rolls as an alternative. 

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How to Shape Zaatar Manaqish 

  • Form your homemade dough into 14-16 small balls and let them rest on a floured surface covered with kitchen towel for 30 minutes before shaping. 
  • Shape the za’atar manaqish by flattening the dough balls into small circles about 5 inches in diameter with your fingertips on a greased baking sheet. 
  • Press on each one by your fingertips to sculpt little dips for the topping to sit in.

  • Add about 1 tablespoon of the za’atar topping in the middle of each flattened circle, leave a very narrow border around.

  • Bake at 400° F heated-oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until the dough is slightly browned on bottom and edges.
  • Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes to cool down and allow topping to dry and settle into dough.
  • Serve za’atar manaqish warm or at room temperature with some fresh cut veggies and Labneh Dip.
  • Enjoy!

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Looking for different Lebanese manakish recipes, here are some!

Lahm bi Ajeen- Lebanese Meat Pies

Spinach Pies

Cheese Manakish

Yield: 14 Flatbreads

Za'atar Manaqish

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Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 8 minutes

Ingredients

For the Dough

  • 4 cups Bread Flour- Plus more for shaping
  • 1 cup Warm Milk- I heat in microwave for a few seconds)
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 2  tsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 tbsp Warm Water- for foaming the yeast
  • 1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt 
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt

For Zaatar Topping

Instructions

    To make the dough: 

  1. In a small bowl, combine warm water, sugar and yeast. Set aside for 10 minutes to foam.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with lid, combine flour, salt, warm milk, yogurt and oil. Work the mixture with your hands.
  3. Pour in the yeast mixture. Continue hand mixing until soft dough forms. I mix until dough feels elastic, smooth, and no longer sticks  to my hands (If after mixing, the dough is still too sticky for you, you can sprinkle just a tiny bit of flour and mix some more).
  4. Shape the whole dough into a big ball.
  5. Pour 1 tbsp olive oil on ball-shaped dough and spread.
  6. Cover the dough with a piece of plastic wrap and close with lid.
  7. Wrap container with a large blanket and leave to rise in a warm spot for about 4 hours.
  8. Briefly knead your amazing home made dough and form into 12 small balls.
  9. Arrange on lightly floured surface and sprinkle some flour on top too.
  10. Cover again with a piece of plastic wrap and leave to rise for another 30 minutes.

To make the za’atar manaqish:

  1. Mix together the za’atar seasoning and olive oil in a small bowl.
  2. Preheat the oven to 400 ° F.
  3. Spray baking tray with cooking oil and set near you.
  4. Form the za’atar manaqish by flattening the dough balls into small circles about 5 inches in diameter with your fingertips.
  5. Transfer to the greased sheet, press on each one with your fingertips to sculpt little dips for the topping to sit in.
  6. Add about 1 tablespoon of za’atar topping in the middle of each flattened circle, leave a very narrow border around.
  7. Bake at 400° F heated-oven for 7 to 9 minutes or until the dough is slightly browned on the bottom and edges.
  8. Remove from heat and set aside for a few minutes to cool down and allow topping to dry and settle into dough.
  9. Serve za’atar manaqish warm or at room temperature with some fresh veggies and Labneh dip.
  10. Enjoy!
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