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The fanciest Zaatar Swirl Bread…that is so much easier to put together than it looks. This delicious, light and super soft bread is swirled with a Zaatar and an extra virgin olive oil mixture. The real flavor in this bread is hidden within the swirls.
And the best part about this Zaatar braided bread… I mean, aside from the taste…while this Zaatar swirl bread may look extremely intricate to make, it’s really simple. Just follow my step by step pictures and you will be making it in no time! Serve warm right out of the oven with slices of tomatoes and cucumbers or spread with Labneh dip. You will LOVE this zaatar bread recipe!
If you are looking for recipes using Zaatar, other than the traditional Zaatar manaqish recipe, then you will love this
WHAT YOU NEED TO MAKE ZAATAR SWIRL BREAD
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- Whole milk
- Instant yeast
- Bread Flour
- Za’atar blend
- Extra virgin olive oil
HOW TO MAKE ZAATAR SWIRL BREAD:
- In a large bowl with a lid, combine the milk, yeast, honey, eggs, butter, flour, and salt. Work the mixture with your hands.
- knead the dough until its feels elastic, smooth, and no longer sticks to your hands, this step will take about 5 minutes.
- Shape the entire dough mixture into a round patty. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and the bowl with its lid and let sit at room temperature for 2 hours or until the dough has doubled in size.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl combine the Zaatar and olive oil. Set aside.
- Punch the dough down.
- Roll out onto a lightly floured surface, creating a large rectangle about 12 x 18 inches.
- Spread the Zaatar mixture evenly over the entire surface of rectangle dough leaving about ½ of an inch edge uncovered.
- Starting with the long edge of the rectangular dough, roll into a log, keeping it fairly tight as you go. When you reach the edge, pinch along the edge to seal.
- Using a sharp knife, score the rolled up dough lengthwise, leaving a small portion at one end intact.
- Twist the dough ropes over each other, repeating the twisting process until the end of the dough.
- Coil half the rope, stopping when you reach halfway.
- Then, coil the second half of the rope in the opposite direction.
- Carefully transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet.
- Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-35 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the bread is cooked through.
- Slice and serve warm.
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