Za’atar Flatbreads

Zaatar Flatbreads

Za’atar is a spices blend use in a lot of countries in the Middle East but probably originated in Egypt . Try this recipe with others Middle Eastern dishes.

You need

Zaatar spices mix

  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon dried thyme
  • ½ tablespoon ground sumac
  • ¼ tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
  • Salt


  • 1 ¼ cups water, lukewarm
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups flour


  • ¼ cup olive oil


  1. For Za’atar spices mix grind oregano and thyme add the sumac, sesame seeds, and salt and stir well to combine.
  2. Combine in a bowl water, 1 cup of flour, sugar and instant yeast.
  3. Let sit for 10 minutes, or until batter begins to risen.
  4. Mix in the salt and the other 2 cups of flour.
  5. Knead the dough well (either by hand or in a standing mixer), adding flour as necessary until the dough is smooth.
  6. Divide the dough into 8 portions and form to balls.
  7. Coat them well with oil and let rise for 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
  8. Preheat the oven to 250°C/500°F.
  9. Form each ball into a 12cm/5 inch round flatbread.
  10. Place the flatbreads on greased baking trays. You will need tow baking trays.
  11. Let the flatbreads rest and rise for 30 minutes.
  12. Mix together the olive oil and the prepared Za’atar spices mix.
  13. Dimple the flatbreads with your fingers.
  14. Spread the topping on equally amounts over all flatbreads.
  15. Bake one tray at a time, for 8-10 minutes, or until the flatbreads are golden. Serve immediately.

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15 thoughts on “Za’atar Flatbreads”

  1. heh thanks for making my recipe for the flatbread great photo , could you put it in your blog so i can pin it
    ? i know you like keeping your photos yours but i dont mind if you use ANY of my recipes with you pictures lol .love your photos girl .dee

  2. I made these delicious flatbreads today and they turned out perfectly. The process was easy to follow and I really did enjoy working with the yeast. The watching and waiting for these flatbreads to rise, along with the baking process, is really therapeutic. Loved the seasoning — it was perfect. Thanks for this great recipe.

    1. 🙂 Hi Nancy! I also love the watching the breads while baking. Yeast is like something magic for me and you are right, it may be therapeutic as we also feel alsways so happy looking at the rising and browning of the breads! 🙂

  3. Wow, another wonderful recipe. I enjoyed this tasty flatbread so much. It was perfect. Best of all I made it, quick and easy to make with excellent results. Served with Magical Muhammara for a wonderful meal. Thank you so much for sharing my friend, your recipes never disappoint. Made FYC Tag Game 2015.

    1. Kato! You a are a good cook and I think every recipe will be perfect in your hand and you will make something delicious! I love your recipes as well as well as your selections!

  4. I reduced the amount of the recipe as it just for me and it came out beautifully. Thin, crisp and delicious. The Z’tar truly makes this bread something special. I very much enjoyed it with your Zuppa di Pesce allo Zafferano. Wonderful combo my friend.

    1. Hi Annacia!I really appreciate that you tried one more of my recipes and I’m glad that it worked for you and you liked itè Thans a lot for the review: you are always very kind and generous with your comments- Hugs!

  5. This was so very good and easy to prepare! Don’t throw away any of the leftover olive oil/za’atar mixture. You can add more olive oil to it and use as a dip for the bread. We served this for Elevenses with fresh strawberries and steamed milk w/rosewater and raspberry jam. Made for the FYC tag game.

    1. Yeah! Tahnks a lot Cookgirl! That’s wonderful to know you did it and you love it! Thanks a lot as well for letting us know that the brushing mixture is a perfect dip for the breads! Thanks a lot for your kind words! HUGS!

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