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.
What do you eat with flatbread?
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!
Is flatbread the same as pita bread?
Pita bread is a type of flatbread. This flatbread recipe is topped with flavouring, idea for dipping. Unlike a pita bread it is not intended to be split and filled.
Ingredients for za'atar flatbread Serves: 8
- 500g flour
- 300g water
- 7g instant yeast
- 10g salt
- Olive oil
Za'atar spread ingredients
- 4 tbsp za’atar
- 50ml olive oil
Method for za'atar flatbread
- 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.