What an interesting month it has been. Apart from researching for flat breads around the world for my blog, I have read numerous interesting recipes from friends who have done their research so well. We got to learn so many new varieties of breads and dosas from India and around the world and I enjoyed it to the core. Being the last day of this interesting BM, I had to make something for myself. Yes, you heard it right. I made this manakeesh for myself. Usually I don’t eat the bread I bake, but today’s is one exception. I am eating a slice as I draft and it is so yum.
Do you remember the taboon bread I posted at the beginning of the week? This is a twist to the taboon bread. Taboon is a yeast leavened bread which is usually used as a wrap, but the same dough can be used to make manakeesh, but with toppings. You can call this as the Lebanese pizza. There are so many variations of manakeesh available, the famous one being zaatar. It is also topped with cheese, meat, chilly, kishq and spinach.
Zaatar is an amazing spice from the middle east and I got a pack from Priya during one of her visits. The pack I got was so big, I still have it in my freezer. I have used zaatar in various bread recipes and they go so well together. You can even use roasted paneer with zaatar. The flavour of zaatar is quite interesing. It is something I have never had, so I couldn’t explain to you. I have made a zaatar manakeesh for a previous BM, so I added cheese to the recipe as a variation. Baking the bread in a hot oven is so important to replicate the taboon oven they use to bake the bread. The bread turns out so crisp, you can hear the sound while slicing it.
Makes 2 Breads
All Purpose Flour/ Maida – 1 cup + 1/4 cup
Sugar – 1 tsp
Instant Yeast – 3/4 tsp
Salt – 1/2 tsp
Water – 1/4 cup + 1/2 cup
Olive Oil – 2 tbs
Zaatar Spice – 2 tbs
Mozzarella Cheese – 1/2 cup, grated
In a bowl mix together 1/4 cup of flour, sugar, salt and instant yeast.
Add 1/4 cup of water and make a smooth thick batter.
Cover and set aside for 15 minutes until bubbly.
Add the remaining flour and mix well.
Add water to make the dough sticky and soft.
Cover and set aside for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 250°C along with the baking tray.
Dust the dough with flour and divide it into two equal portions.
Rest the dough for 10 minutes.
Pat the dough into a slightly thin disc on a board.
Apply olive oil and sprinkle zaatar on top.
Top it with grated cheese.
Tilt the board so that the disc falls into the hot tray.
Bake for 10 minutes or until the top is browned.
Serve it hot out of oven.