Za-Atar Flatbread (Mana’eesh)

Recipe courtesy of Psychologies Magazine (August 2017) and taken from Syria: Recipes from Home by Itab Azzam and Dina Mousawi.

If there’s one thing Syrians can’t live without, it’s mana’eesh.  In the same way that pubs are a huge part of life in Britain, mana’eesh bakeries are integral to Syrian culture.  Being as cheap and readily available as they are, not many people make their own, so this recipe is an homage to the original.

Serves:  6

Ingredients:
3 tblsp Za’atar
5 tblsp extra virgin olive oil
1 x 320g pack of puff pastry
Fresh mint leaves, to serve
½ tomato, diced, to serve

Step One : Mix the za’atar with the olive oil. Roll out the pastry and, using a pastry brush, spread the za’atar olive oil all over, leaving a 2.5cm border around the edges.

Step Two : Bake in the oven on 160oC / 320oF / Gas Mark 3 for about 15 minutes, until the pastry puffs up and turns golden brown. Serve with fresh mint and tomatoes on top.

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