Manaesh - Zaatar Flat Bread Recipe (Mana'esh-Manakeesh-Manakish)

The Middle East's Pizza Heritage

The Man’oushe (mana'esh or manakeesh or , plural) is a cherished national pie of Lebanon, Syria, Palestine.  Much like the Pizza pie of Italian heritage, Mana'esh is ubiquities in the Levant countries and loved by children and adults alike, and during just about any part of the day.  While created with only three mainstay ingredients (dough, olive oil, and Zaatar), yet it invites vast culinary creativity and pride in homes and corner bakeries.  Again, like Pizza making, dough recipes vary abundantly, so do tomato sauce recipes, and perhaps to a lesser extent, the cheese.  It is similar with Mana'esh. In this recipe, we leave the dough recipe to a professional baker (but stress it must be pizza dough) at your choice of grocery store for convenience. Also your choice of a fruity extra virgin olive oil.  However, we recommend our very own Tyme Foods’ Zaatar for the best full-bodied flavor and taste.  As we discuss in the What is Zaatar page, and because there are no universal standards on what constitutes “Zaatar” it is essential to select a high quality zaatar spice blend.

To learn more about Za'atar's heritage, we recommend this story about the culture of za'atar and this page for frequently asked questions including health benefits of Zaatar.

Zaatar Mana'esh Bread Ingredients

1 lb ready pizza dough (white or whole wheat) 

6 - 8 tablespoons Zaatar

8 -9 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil 

1- heat the oven to 500 degree and place a baking sheet or pizza stone in the lower middle position.

zaatar bread ingredients pictured - quality zaatar - olive oil and pizza dough - yes, only three ingredients

2- mix the Zaatar with olive oil 

zaatar flat bread recipe step 1 mix zaatar with olive oil

3- divide the pizza dough to four ball and work with each one to form a circle of 8 to 10 inches diameter. 

zaatar flat bread recipe step 2 - divide pizza dough into 4 balls and form a 8 to 10 inch circle

4- spread 2 to 3 tablespoons of Zaatar mix over the pizza dough then place the dough on the heated baking sheet or pizza stone. 

zaatar flat bread recipe step 3 - spread zaatar mix on pizza dough place on baking sheet in the oven.

5- bake in the oven for 5 to 7 minute

zaatar flat bread recipe setep 4 - ready to serve fluffy and crispy piping hot

6- add slice of cucumber or your favorite vegetable and enjoy it with cup of tea. 

man'esh zaatar bread ready to serve with sliced cucumber and fresh mint toppings

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