Crispy Za’atar Flatbread

I’ve been putting za’atar on just about everything recently.  I really wanted to make some flatbread with it on top, but it got late and I didn’t want to wait around for the dough to rise.  I remembered a recipe for Crisp Rosemary Flatbread I saw on Smitten Kitchen a few weeks ago and opted to give it a try.  I’m so glad I did!

I LOVE these crackers!  They are flavorful enough to be eaten alone, but I’m sure a dollop of hummus would be a welcome addition.
(adapted from Smitten Kitchen, originally from Gourmet Magazine, July 2008)

1 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup water
1/3 cup olive oil plus more for brushing
3-5 tbsp za’atar

Preheat oven to 450 °F with a heavy baking sheet on rack in middle.

Stir together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Make a well in center, then add water and oil and gradually stir into flour with a wooden spoon until a dough forms. Knead dough gently on a work surface 4 or 5 times.

Divide dough into 3 pieces and roll out 1 piece (keep remaining pieces covered with plastic wrap) on a sheet of parchment paper into a 10-inch round (shape can be rustic; dough should be thin).

Lightly brush top with additional oil and sprinkle 1-2 tbsp zaatar over the oil, pressing in slightly. Slide round (still on parchment) onto preheated baking sheet and bake until pale golden and browned in spots, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer flatbread (discard parchment) to a rack to cool, then make 2 more rounds (1 at a time) on fresh parchment (do not oil or salt until just before baking). Break into pieces.

Flatbread can be made 2 days ahead and cooled completely, then kept in an airtight container at room temperature.

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6 Responses to “Crispy Za’atar Flatbread”


  1. 1 Katie September 28, 2008 at 6:52 pm

    Oh man! I WISH you lived in DC so I could bring you to the Baazars at Our Lady of Lebanon. The old lebanese guys fire up HUGE fires with a half dome over it and make delciiously amazing flatbread, top with a za’atar mix, fold it, and serve it. SOOOOOO good. This reminds me a lot of that. 🙂

  2. 2 That Girl September 28, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    I haven’t had Za’atar in ages!

  3. 3 Jaime September 28, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    i’ve never had za’atar before but that flatbread looks delicious

  4. 4 Maria September 29, 2008 at 4:19 pm

    I have never had za’atar. Your flatbread looks so good!

  5. 5 maggie September 30, 2008 at 3:13 am

    this looks delicious. and i have a whole bag of za’atar in my pantry…

  6. 6 Vera September 30, 2008 at 4:08 am

    It looks so yummy, Cate! I love za’atar.


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