Zaatar and Akkawi Manakeesh


Zaatar and Akkawi Manakeesh is a traditional Lebanese flatbread that is packed with flavour and nutrition. It’s made with a soft and fluffy dough, that is topped with a mixture of zaatar and akkawi cheese, which is a soft and salty white cheese. The dough is then baked in a high heat oven, resulting in a crispy and delicious bread that is perfect for any meal. It’s a perfect dish for a family breakfast, lunch or dinner and it’s sure to impress your guests with its delicious and unique flavour.

Zaatar and Akkawi Manakeesh

Chef Sammy
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!
Course Side Dish
Cuisine Pakistani


  • 1 packet Quick Rise Yeast (2 tablespoons)
  • 1 cup Water very warm but not hot
  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1.5 tbsp Salt
  • 1 3/4 cup Flour
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • Olive oil for greasing the pan or griddle
  • 3/4 cup Zaatar
  • 1/2 cup Olive oil
  • 2 cup 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.
Keyword Quick Meal

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