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Z is for Za'atar

Category: food

If you’re a fan of garlic bread, you’ll love this Lebanese variation. In short, Zaatar Mankish is soft flatbread topped with traditional spices. The concoction of herbs makes for a flavoursome pizza-type dish perfect to settle pre-dinner pangs. 

Method

1 - Toast the sesame seeds in a frying pan set over a moderate heat until hot. 
2 - Tip the seeds into a mortar and roughly grind with a pestle. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. 
3 - Transfer to a container, seal well, and store in a cool, dark place until ready to use. 
4 - For the dough: Combine the flour, chopped herbs, salt, and extra-virgin olive oil in a large mixing bowl. 
5 - Add 150 ml water and mix well until a rough dough forms; add more flour or water as needed to bring it together if too wet or dry. 
6 - Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead briefly before rolling out into a large round. Lift onto a large baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. 
7 - Preheat the oven to 220°C (200° fan) | 425F | gas 7. 
8 - Brush top of the dough with some extra-virgin olive oil. Spread with the za'atar spice mix. 
9 - Bake the flatbread for about 12-15 minutes until the dough is cooked through and golden-brown. 
10 - To serve: Remove from the oven and let cool briefly before slicing and serving with a garnish of tarragon.

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  • Serves: 4-6
  • Time needed: 40 minutes
  • Difficulty Easy


Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp white sesame seeds
  • 35 g | 1/4 cup sumac
  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 2 tbsp marjoram leaves
  • 1 1/2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 275 g | 2 cups self-raising flour, plus extra as needed
  • 1 1/2 tsp rosemary, leaves only, chopped
  • 1 1/2 tsp thyme, leaves only, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, plus extra as needed
  • 150 - 175 ml warm water
  • To serve: tarragon sprigs

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