Lebanese manoush

Manoush is a Lebanese flat bread that resembles me of classic Italian pizza. In Arab countries it is frequently served with Za’atar – a mixture of spices, based on thyme (hence the name arab. Za’atar means thyme). Bouquet is also enriched with oregano, marjoram, sesame seeds and sometimes purple sumac with its slightly acid taste. It is easy to prepare spice mix at home. If you do not have access to sumac just skip it. Keep in mind that all herbs should be well ground – the size and shape has a big impact on the final flavor of the dish.
Below you will find the recipe for the traditional manoush version, and also my variation on this theme: pesto made of parsley and almonds, black olives, and for gourmets – a little bit of cheese.


Manoush – Lebanese bread
preparation time: 30 min. working + 1 h growing + 15 min baking
What do you need for 8 loaves ?
2 cups all purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 teaspoons dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
250 ml warm water
4 tbs toasted sesame seeds
2 tbs dried thyme
2 tbs dried marjoram
2 tbs oregano
2 tbs sumacu (optional)
1 ts salt
4 tbs olive oil
Parsley pesto – use blender
handful of fresh parsley
a handful of flaked almonds
2 cloves of garlic
olive oil – to obtain a flowable consistency
salt and pepper
And : black olives, Italian cheese
What now?
Manoush :
1 Mix all the ingredients and knead a smooth dough. Brush with olive oil, cover with a cloth and allow to stand for 1 h in a warm place.
2 After this time, the dough should double its volume. Tear off the little balls, which then roll out into flat round pancakes.
3 Spread with Za’atar or pesto, add your additional ingredients and bake 10-15 minutes at 200 ° C

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