Za’atar flatbreads, known as manoushi or man’oushe, are a popular street food, snack and side dish in Lebanon and Syria. People in Lebanon will often take their own homemade blend of za’atar and their own home-pressed olive oil to their local bakery. The baker will make flatbreads with what his customers give him, so each family will enjoy their own unique manoushi.

Serve your own warm za’atar flatbreads with a plate of hummous, with a generous puddle of extra virgin olive oil in the middle. Sprinkle with aleppo pepper flakes and get dipping!

Za’atar Flatbread Recipe
Serves 8

Flatbread
500g flour
300g water
7g instant yeast
10g salt
Olive oil

Spread
4 tbsp za’atar
50ml olive oil

With your hands, mix together flour, yeast, salt and water until no lumps remain. Knead for 8 minutes in a stand mixer, or for 12-15 minutes by hand. Place dough in an oiled mixing bowl, cover with cling film and leave to rise for 1 hour, or until the dough doubles in size. You can do this step the night before, leaving the dough to rise overnight in the fridge.

Tip the dough onto a work surface, press out into a rectangle shape using your fingertips. Cut into 8 equal pieces. Roll out until they are 5mm thick. Cover with oiled clingfilm and leave to prove for 1 hour, or until they puff up a little at the edges.

Heat your oven to 200 C. Mix together the za’atar and olive oil and spread onto the flat breads. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Cool a little before eating.