whichever way you make them, they taste wonderful — especially at breakfast time.
this is a short article about the bread and a vegan* recipe for it [mine uses an egg].
manakish (bil) za'atar مناقيش
lebanese herb flavoured flatbreads
1 c warm water
1 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 egg* [refer to above link]
2 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 - 4 c AP flour
for the herbed oil:
6 tbsp za'atar
1/2 tsp salt
7 tbsp veg or olive oil
after 40 minutes, preheat the oven to 450 F.
put the dough on a counter surface and shape it into a very thick rough rectangle. cut the dough in half lengthwise and then each half into three equal pieces (sun was going down when i shot these pictures!).
make the za'atar oil mixture by mixing together the salt, za'atar and oil. [restir it each time you use it to redistribute it as the ground spices will settle at the bottom.]
take a piece of dough, covering the others, and press it down with your fingers spreading it to a very thin 1/4 inch. do this to the others, depending on how many you will be able to fit on the baking sheet. they should be about 6 to 7 inches wide.
you can also cut each of the six pieces in half again and make mini manousheh if you like.
stir the oil-za'atar mixture again well, and spread a full tablespoon on each round of bread dough. using the back of a spoon or your fingers spread the mix all over the dough.
let this sit for 10 minutes to rise a bit.
before putting them in the oven, use your fingers to press down into the dough to dimple it so it doesn't puff up too much in the oven.
bake for 10 minutes and let cool on a rack.
these are at their best when warm or at room temperature. they are often served with feta, olives, tomatoes, cucumber slices, etc...