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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.
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.
Looking for different Lebanese manakish recipes, here are some!
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