Welcome to the very first day of this Mega Marathon I will be doing the whole September. For the first week, which is only for three days, I am posting only flat breads. The first flat bread in the series is Manakish. Also pronounced as manaqish, manaeesh or manakeesh, this is a popular Levantine bread with cheese, meat or spice topping. As I had zaatar spice given by Priya during our meet in Chennai, I tried using it as the topping for the bread. This is a baked bread and there are so many variations of the dough recipe across the blog world.
The one I am posting here is my second attempt at Manakish. At first I used my Sunflame oven and it didn’t heat enough to bake the bread. My bread turned out hard as a rock, and also pale in colour. I baked almost three breads before I felt that I needed a hotter oven. So I brought my old oven home and then baking bread was so much easier as it heats up pretty much. This dough has oil in it and so the finished bread is so flaky and tastes divine. If you like Zaatar spice, then you will surely love this bread. If you don’t have zaatar, then go for a cheese topping or a spicy paneer topping.
Flour – 1 1/4 cups
Water – 1/2 cup
Salt – 1/4 tsp
Sugar – 1/4 tsp
Instant Yeast – 3/4 tsp
Oil – 1/4 cup
In a bowl mix together flour, salt, sugar and yeast.
Add oil and water to make a soft dough.
Knead the dough for 3-5 minutes on counter until soft and smooth and elastic.
Place in a bowl and cover with cling wrap.
Set aside for an hour or until double.
Preheat oven to 250 C.
Divide the dough into two equal portions.
Roll them into thick discs and place on a greased baking tray.
Top the discs with zaatar spice mix and some extra sesame seeds.
Press it well into the disc.
Bake for 8 – 10 minutes.