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.
Zaatar spices mix
- ½ tablespoon dried oregano
- ½ tablespoon dried thyme
- ½ tablespoon ground sumac
- ¼ tablespoon roasted sesame seeds
- 1 ¼ cups water, lukewarm
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 3 cups flour
- ¼ cup olive oil
- For Za’atar spices mix grind oregano and thyme add the sumac, sesame seeds, and salt and stir well to combine.
- Combine in a bowl water, 1 cup of flour, sugar and instant yeast.
- Let sit for 10 minutes, or until batter begins to risen.
- Mix in the salt and the other 2 cups of flour.
- Knead the dough well (either by hand or in a standing mixer), adding flour as necessary until the dough is smooth.
- Divide the dough into 8 portions and form to balls.
- Coat them well with oil and let rise for 1 hour, or until it has doubled in size.
- Preheat the oven to 250°C/500°F.
- Form each ball into a 12cm/5 inch round flatbread.
- Place the flatbreads on greased baking trays. You will need tow baking trays.
- Let the flatbreads rest and rise for 30 minutes.
- Mix together the olive oil and the prepared Za’atar spices mix.
- Dimple the flatbreads with your fingers.
- Spread the topping on equally amounts over all flatbreads.
- Bake one tray at a time, for 8-10 minutes, or until the flatbreads are golden. Serve immediately.