Sunday Morning Homemade Man'oucheh - منقوشة بالزعتر

I love Man'oucheh (or Mankoucheh). It's a Lebanese Thyme or Zaatar pie, knowing that in Lebanon we have some many kinds of man'ouchehs, like cheese, kishik, zaatar and cheese etc... and some places keep getting more and more creative everyday in serving this traditional breakfast. Since most of the time I keep dough ready in my refrigerator, I was craving man'oucheh this morning. It's very simple and easy. Roll the dough, I like it thin and crispy, then spread the zaatar mix(below) on top, pop it in an 450F oven for about 10 minutes or until gold and crispy (unless you don't like it crispy then take it out before). Cut and serve. Sometimes I like it with vegetables, like fresh mint, sliced tomatoes and cucumbers, green onions and some olives and labneh too! Very tasty and filling, this is what we call in Lebanon 'Man'oucheh Extra'. So here are the ingredients:

I prepare this amount of dough to make a big pizza and a Man'oucheh, so it yields two pies. Or you can simply use a ready dough if you don't wanna prepare it yourself ;)

For the simple dough:
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 cup of warm water
1 small pack of yeast
1/4 teaspoon of salt
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Mix the dough, cover and let it rise then roll.

For the Zaatar spread: (I eyeball this)
- Some fine chopped onions (optional)
- Some Zaatar Mix (this mix can be found in Middle eastern stores or in healthy food stores, it's the one with sesame and sumac and spices)
- Olive oil
In a small bowl, add the onions, Zaatar Mix and drizzle olive oil and mix until you get a medium-thick paste, you don't wanna add too much olive oil but enough to spread the mixture on the dough without lumps.



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My Turkish Kitchen said...

I love Zaatar. My hometown is on the Syrian border in Turkey. Because of that I know some of the Arabic food very well. We eat Zaatar for breakfast with olive oil dipping bread first olive oil then Zaatar.
This idea is also great.

MAG said...

Hi Iffet! Oh wow this is very interesting :) You know we mix them and then we dip! We'll have that bowl on the table all the time. Isn't that owesome? How our cultures have so many things in common :)))

Summer said...

so yummy!! its after 11 pm here and you made me crave mana2eesh!! :)

Halla said...

Another one of my favorites! Anything with Zaatar is delicious, especially added over cheese bread

MAG said...

- Hello Summer! Thanks a lot! Oops, time difference can be annoying sometimes :(

- Halla, thanks for stopping by. You are absolutely right! :D

Arlette said...

Marhaba Mag
Looks so delicious, I am drilling and oh boy, now i have to do some for me...
I can live on manakish all my life
sometimes I do a special dough almost every day , to taste it fresh baked out of the oven...


Noor said...

Oh yummy my friends and I were just talking about making this and I look and you have it, yummy..

Tinsie said...

I tried this at a Lebanese restaurant in Dubai and LOVED it. It was so tasty, out of this world! I didn't know what it was called, so I'm really glad I finally found out :-)

MAG said...

- Marhabtayn Arlette, kifik?
Oh you are absolutely right! I can live on Manakeesh too :D and nothing beats homemade fresh dough!

- Noor, what a nice coincidence :) Maybe it's a good time to make some :)

- Tinsie, I am glad that now you know what is it called and how to make it. Very easy and tasty :)

sabah said...

I love bread with thyme and zaatar, they look yummy, I have to try this recipe, thanks Mag !

MAG said...

Hi Sabah, you are welcome :) I am glad that you like zaatar :)

cally said...


Does anyone know anywhere in London to get this?

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