Thyme On Flat Bread- مناقيش زعتر


2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 to 115 F) OR it depends on the softness of your dough, add more 3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons Cooking oil


Put yeast in 1/4 cup of the water; add sugar and let stand for 10 minutes until it starts to over flow. This means that the yeast is becoming active.
Put half of your flour and salt in a bowl or a pan with wide edge. Form a well in the center; pour in yeast mixture and add the water little by little so you get a feel of the dough.
Begin to mix with hand. it is more fun to use your own hands to do it, relaxing too,beats any stress therapy!!
Add remaining flour as needed. Knead for few minutes more until you feel that the consistency is what you are looking for in the dough. Even if the dough is sticky, its ok, it will be great when it rises.
Oil a large bowl; place dough in bowl and turn to coat with oil.
Cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm place for 1 ½ to 2 hours to rise.
Dough should be doubled in bulk. But you can use it once it has risen to your liking.
Flatten the dough in an oiled pan. Use your hands in flattening the dough using a little bit of cooking oil to do so.
Mix the Za3tar (Thyme) and Olive oil together, you might add some fresh diced tomatoes to it to give it a kick. Spread on the dough evenly.
Make sure that your oven is preheated to around 450 degrees F. Bake your dough with the thyme mix on it , which is called in Arabic (Manaeesh) till they are golden brown on the edges.




This is a quick recipe for the basic and simple bread dough that is used for Thyme on flat bread recipe. It is easy, fun to make and quick, you just have to treat it with TLC.
Manaeesh (thyme on flat bread) are a very simple snacks that is made widely in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria, which is the Levant region. Manaeesh is basically a flat bread dough topped with thyme mix and olive oil and then baked in a brick oven. It could be breakfast food or snack. It is usually served hot out of the oven with fresh mint leaves, cucumbers, tomatoes and green olives. Simply delicious.




Saturday, December 19, 2009 - 5:38am


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