Middle Eastern Pita Zaatar Bread Recipe

Pita Zaata Bread
Whenever I have free time, I make Pita with "Zaatar", which is a Middle-eastern herb similar to thyme. Friends, family and kids all love this bread.

Rating: 4  stars Read Reviews (3)

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  • Type
  • Vegetarian
  • Level
  • Advanced
  • Prep Time
  • 1 Hour 30 Minutes
  • Total Time
  • 3 Hours
  • Yield
  • 8 Servings
Tools You Will Need:
Baking tray
1 cup
1 tsp
1 tbsp
1 large bowl
1 medium bowl
3 Cups white flour  
1 Cup warm water
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup olive oil
8 tbsp "Zaatar"
1 tsp salt
1 tsp active dry yeast
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1. In a small bowl mix the yeast, the sugar and ¼ cup warm water. Let the
yeast mixture sit for 15 minutes.

2. Mix the flour and salt in a big bowl and add to the fermented yeast

3. Start to knead the mixture into dough, while you gradually add the left
¾ cup warm water. .

4. Continue to knead the dough for about 8 minutes , until it turns into a
firm, elastic dough. (if it's sticky add 1 or 2 tbsp flour).

5. Now create a ball shape out of the dough, and cover the bowl with a

6. Let the dough ball to swell for 1 hour, and then knead it for 2  

7. Divide the dough into 8 balls. Each one about the size of a Ping-Pong

8. Cover 7 balls with a the towel, and leaver 1 for rolling.

9. Roll gently 1 ball with a rolling-spin until it is ¼ inch thick, and 7
inches in diameter. Try to keep  the pita in a rounded, elegant shape.
Do the same with the other 7 balls

10. Line 2 baking trays with baking paper, and lightly grease with olive oil. Place 4 pitas on each tray.

11. Stab each pita in a few spots with a fork. (very important step)
12. Mix the olive oil and the "Zaatar" in a bowl. Then spread 3 tbsp of  this mixture on each pita.

13. Insert the first tray into an oven preheated to 400°F.

14. Let the pita "Zaatar" bake for 15 minutes and it's ready. Repeat with second tray.

Tip: Freeze the pitas for long time storage.
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Rate and Review This Recipe

Perfect zaatar bread, tastes exactly like bread Arabic women I know make. It rounded out my Middle Eastern dinner party perfectly.
celeritas2, Wed Jan 04, 2012
I had to make this recipe twice. At the first time the pita zatar wasn't soft enough, so I thought that something is wrong with the recipes. But then I found out that I used bad yeast, so at the second try I was very pleased.
Ruth , Wed Jan 13, 2010
When I was in Israel, I had pita with zaatar and loved it. This was a lot of work, but the directions were clear and the results were excellent
Mirko Shebanus, Tue Jan 12, 2010