This one of the most popular Lebanese breakfast items. Most people buy it from the bakery, but it is hard to find Lebanese bakery around my area. I tried so many recipes from books and online but I was not satisfied. Finally I called my brother in-law who owns a Manoush bakery in Lebanon and he was very generous to give me the recipe and I can tell you it is the best one .
Prep time 30 min Bake time 1 hour Level easy
- 6 cups of flour
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/3 tsp of Mahlab (optional)
- 2 tbsp of yeast
- 2 cups of water
- 3/4 cup of milk
- zaatar ( thyme , sumac , sesame seeds, salt) mixed with olive oil until it become like paste
- Mix the dry ingredients (flour, salt, sugar, Mahlab and yeast) then add water and milk.
- Kneed the dough very well leave it slightly sticky. If it is too sticky add about 1 tbsp of flour at a time and kneed .
- Cover and let it rest after 1 hour the dough should double the size now pushit down and kneed again for a little bit.
- Now divide the dough into 8 small round dough and dust them with flour ( you can cover with a plastic bag and let it rest for another 30 minutes but if you are in a hurry you can skip this step).
- Bring out the rolling pin and on a clean dry surface sprinkle flour and start rolling the dough one by one into a round mini pizza size. If the dough is sticking to the rolling pin just sprinkle more flour over it.
- Place 2 pieces of the dough side by side in a baking tray and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Meanwhile heat the oven at 400 degree.
- Spread the Zaatar/olive oil paste on top of the dough (you can put as much as you want, I like extra Zaatar on it) then bake for about 15 to 20 minutes, check the bottom of it if it is golden brown that means it is ready .
Tip: It is great with tea.