A vegan twist for cheese on toast: Zaatar Swirls

Updated: Jun 29

"Raisin.co.uk researchers surveyed 2,000 Britons to ask what’s been their favourite snack during their time in lockdown." (Metro UK)


Cheese on toast was named "king of snacks" – but for all the vegans out there we have an amazing substitute!



INGREDIENTS

Dough:

  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

  • 2 teaspoons sugar

  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour

  • 2 teaspoons salt

Filling and finish:

  • 5 tablespoons zaatar mix

INSTRUCTIONS

Make the dough:

  1. In a large bowl mix the dough ingredients stirring everything until it comes together to form a shaggy ball. Then knead the dough by hand (or with a dough hook attachment) until it’s smooth and elastic - this will take about 10 minutes (or less if using a stand mixer). Shape dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let it rise until doubled in size, 1-2 hours.


Shape and bake the loaf:

  1. After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide into 4 equal pieces.

  2. Divide one portion of dough into 4 equal pieces. Using a rolling pin, roll each piece into a circle, about 6-7 inches in diameter, and top with about 1 teaspoon filling, spreading it toward the edges. Stack the four circles on top of one another and roll up into a log; pinch seam to seal. Set aside and repeat with remaining portions of dough for a total of 4 logs.

  3. Use a serrated knife and cut each log into 4-5 pieces.

  4. Place the pieces 5cm apart on a well greased baking tray.

  5. Cover loaf with a clean kitchen towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  6. About 15 minutes before dough has finished rising, preheat oven to 400 degrees.

  7. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 15-20 minutes until golden.


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