Zaatar and Akkawi Manakeesh

There's something about zaatar that truly warms my heart an soul. Every time I open the jar, the aroma of the earthy spices remind me of meals we used to eat at one of our favorite restaurants in Dubai. My sister and myself would love the zaatar fries there. I will be recreating those for you all soon, stay tuned. I hope you guys enjoy!


1 packet quick rise yeast (2 tablespoons)

1 cup very warm but not hot water

1 cup flour

1.5 teaspoons salt

1 3/4 cups flour

3 teaspoons olive oil

Olive oil for greasing the pan or griddle

3/4 cup of zaatar

1/2 cup of olive oil

2 cups akkawi cheese shredded


Preheat your oven to 375. In the bowl of your stand mixer mix the packet of yeast with the very warm water and 1 cup of flour. Stir it and set aside in a warm place for 10-15 minutes till it gets frothy. Now add the olive oil, salt, 1 3/4 cup flour. Using your dough hook to mix the ingredients now add the flour a little at a time and mix for about 5 minutes till the dough is formed and not sticking to the sides. Place it in a well oiled bowl, cover it and set it aside in a warm place till it’s doubled in size. At this time you will punch it down to remove all the air bubbles and cut it into 8 equal parts. Set aside for 20 minutes. In the meantime roll out your rounds to form a flat pita and add a tablespoon of the zaatar mixture you made and cover the top of your pita and cover with akkawi cheese. Add your pitas to your baking sheet and bake till done. Please take a moment and rate this recipe and send me your creations @sliceofgourmet on instagram