You can eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even as a snack! Woohoo, what food are you?! Manakish is a type of bread known mostly in the Middle East. Most people would prefer it as a breakfast or brunch, but we just love the crispy dough and can’t get enough of it.
You know what we adore the most about Manakish? You can just add any toppings you prefer and it will hit your taste buds with the luscious taste! To follow the Middle-Eastern way, we’ll top it with some Zaatar and cheese in this recipe.
Let’s Prepare Our Cooking Tools and Follow the Lebanese Manakish Recipe:
First, What Do We Mean by Manakish and Zaatar
Lebanese Manakish is basically an oriental pizza. See, that’s easy! They are a type of flatbread that’s a bit thicker than the usual pizza, with chewy and mushy bites. They could be eaten round or folded, looking like a crescent moon brightening up your day!
For Zaatar, it’s sometimes referred to as wild thyme. It’s not just thyme though, Zaatar is a blend of different roasted spices. The savory seasoning is a best friend to all types of food. Really! It tastes well added to any combo with its tangy, lemony taste. It is a mix of roasted thyme, sesame seeds, and Sumac. Some people add a spoon of olive oil to the mix to make it more spreadable. Voila, you have a jar of Zaatar! Sprinkle, sprinkle, sprinkle!
Lebanese Manakish Recipe
Tools You Need:
- Your hands! (Or a mixer with a dough hook)
- Rolling pin
- Kitchen towel
- Baking pan
- Parchment paper
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tbsp. oil
- 150 ml water
- 1 tbsp. instant yeast
- 1 tbsp. salt
- 1 tbsp. sugar
- Cheese (Mozzarella- Akkawi or any type you like)
Before anything, preheat your oven at 425 Celsius. Now, let’s really dive into that recipe.
Add the sugar, yeast, and ½ the warm water in a bowl. Mix the ingredients together, cover it with a kitchen towel, and set the bowl aside for the yeast to proof. To bloom the perfect yeast, leave the bowl in a warm place like the oven. This process will take about 10 minutes. Does the mix look foamy? Then, you’re ready to move to the next step.
Add the remaining water, flour, and salt to the same bowl. Let’s do some mixing! Whether you’re using your hands or the mixer, make sure to knead gently and at a low speed. Add the oil and increase the speed steadily till the ingredients come together, forming your delightful dough.
If the dough doesn’t come together or feels sticky, add considerable amounts of water and flour till it reaches the right consistency.
Scatter some flour in a bowl and move the dough to it. Add some flour on top as well. We’ve really tired the dough, haven’t we? Leave it aside to rest and double in size for about an hour.
Divide the dough into small balls according to the quantity and place them in a tray. Cover again and set aside for another 30 to 40 minutes.
Roll out the dough balls on a floured surface, forming them into small circles. Add the pieces to the baking pan lined with parchment paper.
Remember the Zaatar we’ve taught you how to make? – Drizzle it over some of your Manakish and top the rest with any cheese you like. You can even add some Zaatar and cheese to the same manoushe. Trust us, it tastes super delicious.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes until the manoushe reaches the brownish, golden colour, satisfying our eyes and hungry stomachs.
What Sides Go Best with Manakish
We’d recommend a plate full of your favourite pickles, some sliced vegetables, and a cup of tea or fresh juice. Served and ready to be devoured!
Lebanese Manakish Flavors
Anything. Literally. Manakish is an addition to any type of food you like, making it more mouthwatering and tasty. Want to add some beef to it? – Go ahead, the savoury taste of beef and bread will satisfy your grumpy self and draw a smile on your face.
You can even do some mix and match! Chicken strands go best with some cheese melted in between. Smelling the comforting aroma, already? Be creative with your toppings and enjoy the finger-licking bites. Nothing can go wrong with a manoushe!
Is Your Stomach Growling with Hunger Yet?
You can just skip the hassle of making a manoushe yourself and visit Boulangerie Du Mayas. You’ll be lured by the appetizing aroma of heavenly bakeries from afar distance. In Boulangerie, you’ll get to taste the best Lebanese Manakish, tickling your taste buds and freshening you up!