Recipe for the weekend: Za'atar Topped Pita

Published on Friday, 08 February 2013 by Webmaster

Recipe for the weekend: Za'atar Topped Pita
Za'atar is a mixture of sumac, sesame seed and herbs frequently used in the Middle East and Mediterranean areas.

It is often mixed with olive oil and spread on bread; sometimes this is done at the table, other times the mix is spread on the bread rounds which are then baked. Za'atar also serves as a seasoning to sprinkle on vegetables, salads, meatballs or kebabs. 

For Pita:

1 Tblsp active dry yeast or 1/2 oz. fresh cube yeast
1- 1/4 cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 tsp salt
3- 1/4 cups white flour

For Za'atar Spread:

6 Tblsp olive oil
4 Tblsp za'atar spice


In a small bowl mix the yeast, the sugar and the warm water.
Mix the flour and salt in a big bowl. Make a well in the center of the flour and pour the yeast mixture in.
Knead the mixture into dough. Continue to knead the dough for about 8 minutes , until it turns into a firm, elastic dough. If it's too sticky to handle, add flour by tablespoons. It should be firm, but not stiff.
Form the dough into a ball, and cover the bowl with a towel. Let the dough rise for 1 hour, and then knead it for 2 minutes.
Divide the dough into 8 balls.  Cover the dough balls with a towel.
Roll out each ball gently on a floured surface until it is about ¼ inch thick.
Line baking trays with parchment paper, and grease the paper lightly with olive oil.
Preheat oven to 450°F, 230°C.
In a small bowl, combine the olive oil and za'atar spice.  Mix well.
Slide as many pitas on each tray as will fit. Working quickly, lift the edges of each dough circle to make a lip around it. With a fork, make lots of little holes in the surface of each circle. This will keep the dough from rising up in bubbles. Cover each pita with a thick film of the spiced oil.
Bake for 8-10 minutes.

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