If you are anything like me your Achilles heel of the gastronomic world is good bread. Za’atar Manaqish is one of those breads, which I came across first some years back at a middle eastern bakery. Now I am all for trying new things, I saw the Za’atar Manaqish, asked what it was, tried it, and have had an affair with it ever since.

The recipe is simple enough for anyone to make, pretty much a normal bread recipe, though with the addition of the Za'atar. Wow, you are taken to a whole new flavour experience, as it incorporates the spice sumac, that sweet tarty spice so loved throughout middle eastern cuisine.

Za’atar Manaqish

Written by - Kevin Kapusi Starow
A sensational flavoured bread, which is easy to make.
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Prep Time 29 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Resting Time 35 mins
Total Time 1 hr 14 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine Middle Eastern
Servings 6
Difficulty Advanced


  • Mixing bowl


  • 700 gm Bread Flour
  • 200 ml Water - lukewarm
  • 12 gm Yeast - dry
  • 2 gm Sugar
  • 3 gm Salt
  • 30 ml Olive Oil
  • Za’atar


  • Pre-heat the oven to 200 c.
  • Dissolve the yeast and sugar into the water, and allow to sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl combine the flour salt and olive oil.
  • Make a bay in the middle of the flour, add the water and mix together till a solid ball forms.
  • Turn the dough out onto a floured board and knead for ten minutes until the dough has lost its stickiness and has a velvety smooth texture.
  • Place into a bowl and cover with a damp warm cloth. Place the bowl in a warm place such as the window sill on a warm day, in the car, or in a warm oven that have been switched off. Allow to prove for one and a half to two hours.
  • Push down the dough and kneed again for 5 minutes. Portion into 6 balls, shape cover and allow to rest for a further 30 minutes.
  • Mix together the Za’atar and the olive oil into a paste
  • Flatten out the dough, on a baking tray, with your palms and fingers, allowing a narrow boarder to remain. Then add 1 tablespoon of Za’atar paste in the middle.
  • Cook in the oven for 6-8 minutes, until the dough has risen and browned, allow to cool prior to serving.
Keyword sumac, Zaatar
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