Za’atar is the herb thyme which is very similar to oregano. Once it's dried its grind and mixed with sesame and some other spices. Za’atar is comfort food and very popular in Palestine and across the Middle East.
- 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons instant yeast
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 Tablespoons za’atar
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- Mix yeast with half a cup of warm water until yeast fully dissolved, then add sugar and set aside for 2 minutes.
- Place flour in a large bowl, add salt and pour in mixed yeast and the second half of water.
- Knead together until you have a smooth dough. With your hand rub all over the dough with some olive oil. Cover the dough with wrapping paper and a blanket and leave for an hour until it has risen.
- Preheat the oven to 420 degrees F.
- In a small bowl mix za'atar and olive oil until they look pastier.
- Once risen, cut the dough into 6 equal ball shapes and place them on a sheet or baking tray, cover and let them sit for another 10 minutes.
- Take each ball and flatten with a rolling pin, and lay on a greased baking tray. Tap the flattened dough with your fingers and with a spoon spread za’atar mix on top of the dough circles.
- Bake for about 10-12 minutes or until the base of each bread is slightly browned.
- These bread will keep for about 2 days if stored in an airtight container.