Zesty Za'atar Manakish: The Ultimate Thyme Flatbread


Embark on a culinary journey to the Levant with Za'atar Manakish, a beloved traditional flatbread that combines the aromatic zest of Za'atar spice with a perfectly baked dough. This simple yet flavorful dish, often enjoyed for breakfast or as a snack, showcases the rich blend of thyme, sesame seeds, and sumac. Each bite of this thyme flatbread is a delightful experience, perfect for pairing with tea, cheese, or yogurt.

Zesty Za'atar Manakish: The Ultimate Thyme Flatbread

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (including dough resting)
  • Cooking Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: Makes about 6 flatbreads
  • Serving Size: 1 flatbread

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 180 kcal
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 30g
  • Fat: 4g
  • Sodium: 300mg
  • Fiber: 2g


For the Dough

  • All-purpose flour: 500g (1.1 lbs / 17.6 oz)
  • Warm water: 300ml (10 oz)
  • Olive oil: 30ml (1 oz)
  • Dry yeast: 7g (0.02 lbs / 0.25 oz)
  • Sugar: 5g (0.01 lbs / 0.17 oz)
  • Salt: 5g (0.01 lbs / 0.17 oz)

For the Topping

  • Za'atar mix: 100g (0.22 lbs / 3.5 oz)
  • Olive oil: 60ml (2 oz)

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Prepare Dough: Mix flour, yeast, sugar, and salt. Add warm water and olive oil. Knead until smooth. Let it rest for 1 hour.
  2. Za'atar Mix: Combine Za'atar mix with olive oil to form a paste.
  3. Shape Dough: Divide dough into 6 balls. Roll each into a circle, about 6 inches in diameter.
  4. Apply Topping: Spread Za'atar paste evenly over each dough circle.
  5. Bake: Place on a baking sheet and bake in a preheated oven at 220°C (430°F) for 10 minutes or until the edges are golden.
  6. Serve: Enjoy warm, ideally fresh out of the oven.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Dough Consistency: Ensure the dough is soft and pliable for easy shaping.
  • Za'atar Quality: Use a high-quality Za'atar mix for the best flavor.
  • Baking Time: Watch closely as flatbreads can bake quickly.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I make the dough in advance? 

Yes, refrigerate overnight and bring to room temperature before using.

How can I store leftover Manakish? 

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

Can I add cheese to Manakish? 

Absolutely! Sprinkle some feta or mozzarella cheese before baking for a cheesy twist.