Za'atar Flatbread

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Za'atar Flatbread

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Published prior to 2008

This is just about my favorite flatbread, good alone, with a generous smear of hummus or Lebanese yogurt, or simply topped with fresh tomatoes, salt, pepper, and olive oil. You can make your own za'atar spice, or look for it in Middle Eastern markets, if you live in an urban area that features a good selection of ethnic food stores.

Za'atar, Lemon And Oil Topping
1/4 cup za'atar spice
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
juice of two lemons, about 1/2 cup juice
3/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil

1 tablespoon instant yeast
2 cups lukewarm water (l00°F to 110°F)
2 teaspoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
5 cups King Arthur Unbleached Special Bread Flour
1 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt

Topping: Stir together all the ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

Bread: Whisk together the yeast, water, and sugar. Stir in the oil, the all-purpose flour and most of the bread flour, then the salt. Mix to form a soft dough. Knead the dough for 8 to 10 minutes, till it's elastic and supple, adding additional flour as needed.

Place the dough in a large, well-greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and a tea towel, and let rise until doubled. Alternatively, allow the dough a long, cool rise in the fridge, several hours or overnight (or up to 3 days). Bring the dough to room temperature before shaping; it'll rise as it warms up.

Divide the dough into 8 pieces. Stretch or roll the pieces into irregular slabs, and let rest for 15 minutes, covered with a tea towel. Spread some olive oil/za'atar mixture onto each piece of dough.

Preheat the grill to its hottest temperature. Place the flatbreads gently on the grill. Cover and bake for 1 to 2 minutes, then check for doneness. Allow to bake until the tops begin to brown. Brush with additional topping if desired, and remove from the grill. Yield: 8 large, irregular-shaped flatbreads.

Nutrition information per serving (1/2 flatbread, 112g): 314 cal, 13.5g fat, 6g protein, 40g complex carbohydrates, 1g sugar, 2g dietary fiber, 502mg sodium, 116mg potassium, 6RE vitamin A, 4mg vitamin C, 4mg iron, 160mg calcium, 82mg phosphorus.


  • star rating 09/26/2010
  • marysuefarley from KAF Community
  • Easy and delish. Living in an apartment we don't have a grill so I cooked them on the stove in a grill pan with a half sheet pan on top.
  • star rating 07/08/2010
  • LizWV from WV
  • Made this as an appetizer for company on the 4th of July. None of the guests had ever tried zaatar before and everyone loved this so much it could have been the only food I served! I made a few changes: added only 4 tablespoons each of lemon juice and olive oil to the zaatar and left out the salt (many zaatar mixtures already have salt). There was plenty of zaatar to brush on the rounds before grilling, and the consistency and flavor was right. Secondly, I subbed whole wheat flour for the 5 cups of bread flour. I rolled out the rounds before company arrived and stacked them between parchment paper. Everything else was as the recipe states, and it was delicious! I served this with my favorite KAF hummus recipe, the one that includes tahini. This is the best hummus I've ever made, and I've been making hummus for 30 years! The flatbread recipe would also be great as a base for grilled pizza (without the zaatar).