Recipe: Manakish Zaatar (Arab pizza)

Spices and aromatic herbs mixtures
October 24, 2009

ZaatarZaatar is an arabic word that means marjoram, but also indicates an herb mixture with marjoram, thyme, oreganon and sesame seeds. Sometimes it also includes sumac, winter savory, cumin and fennel seeds.

This mixture may be used as a dip for pita bread like the Dukkah, or on the Manakish Zaatar, tasty small pizza of arabic style.

Manakish Zaatar

Manakish Zaatar (Arab pizza)

For the dough:
250g durum wheat flour
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. olive oil
15g brewer's yeast
100ml water
For the zaatar:
3 tsp. marjoram
1 tsp. thyme
1 tsp. oreganon
1 tsp. sesame seeds
2 tbsp. olive oil

Stir together the flour, salt and olive oil.
Dissolve the yeast in some warm water, add to the flour and knead it well.
Gradually add the remaining water to the flour, and work the mixture into a dough.
Knead vigorously for about 15 minutes, until the dough is no longer sticky.
Cover and allow to rise for 1 hour in a warm place.

Meanwhile prepare the Zaatar: toast the sesame seeds in a pan for a couple of minutes, then remove from heat.
Add marjoram, thyme and oreganon.
Pour in the olive oil and set aside.

ManakishRoll the dough out 1 cm thin, and cut into squadres.
Brush with the zaatar and put on a oiled baking pan or on a baking sheet. Bake in preheated 180° C (356 F) oven 15-20 minutes.

Serve with cream cheese, greek yogurth or labneh.

Spices and aromatic herbs mixturesZaatar
Origin: Middle-Eastern
Suggested ingredients: Sumac, marjoram, thyme, oregano, sesame seeds, winter savory, cumin seeds, fennel seeds.

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Author: Joanne (URL)

I love that this is kind-of like a Middle Eastern focaccia. Sounds like a great herb mix!

Author: radha (URL)

hi graziana, we are going Arabian today! great mix of spices usually availablein all kitchens and easy to try soon ~:-)

Author: Madam Chow (URL)

That herb mix is what makes this for me - it sounds wonderful!

Author: Mimi (URL)

Thanks for the lesson in zatar. I ve eaten it at a restaurant before, but I had no idea what it is. The pizza looks delicious!

Author: Susan/Wild Yeast (URL)

I love zaatar, though I ve only ever seen it made with sumac. I didn t know marjoram was the essential ingredient. Delicious!

Author: Graziana

Yes sumac is another tipical ingredient of manakish zaatar.
It s always a pleasure to prepare herb mixtures at home, isn t it?

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