Nothing beats waking up to the smell of freshly baked Manakish. I remember my mom when she used to wake us up at that smell, and I always try to recreate this feeling for my kids. Below is a simple and fast recipe that makes you extra fluffy Manakish that truly are addictive!
I use the same dough recipe as the stuffed cheese balls, recipe here. I find it to be a quick recipe with a neutral taste that goes well with anything.
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon instant yeast
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 cup yogurt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 1 cup warm water
- 3/4 cup zaatar mix (pre-mixed dried thyme with sumac and sesame seeds)
- 1 cup extra virgin olive oil
- Add all dry ingredients to a big bowl. Pour in liquid ingredients as you start mixing to form a dough. Mix together to combine.
- Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and stretch and knead the dough for 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
- Cover lightly in a bit of oil and place in a greased bowl. Keep in a warm place until its size doubles.
- Mix oil and zaatar together until combined.
- Pre-heat the oven to highest temperature.
- Divide dough into 2 portions and roll each portion between your palms like a ball shape.
- On a floured working surface, knead each ball flat using a rolling pin until even and about a cm thick.
- Divide the dough using a cookie cutter into the desired size.
- Spoon the zaatar mixture over the disk-shaped bread.
- Slide your bread on lined baking sheet and let them rest for 20 minutes.
- Bake on high heat for about 5 mins, then slightly lower the heat for a couple of minutes or until the dough is crispy and brown form the bottom. Serve warm.
Serve Mannish with a warm cup of tea on cold winter days, and a handful of vegetables on summer days; a taste of Lebanon that never disappoints!