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Braided zaatar bread

Updated: Feb 12, 2019

A great recipe by @amina_is_cooking and an amazing execution from @geminibakes.

Thank you both for sharing your talents!

Braided zaatar bread
Image by geminibakes


4 cups of all-purpose flour

1 3/4 cups of warm water

2 tbsp powdered milk

4 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp active dry yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 tsp salt

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp dried basil

1 tsp dried oregano

1 tsp onion powder

For the filling:

5 tbsp of AboutThyme classic zaatar spread

1/4 olive oil

1/4 vegetable oil


Combine about 1 cup of the warm water with the yeast and sugar and leave to activate for about 10 minutes.

Mix the flour, yeast mixture and rest of the water with all the mentioned ingredients for about 7 minutes in a mixer with a dough hook.

Place in a well-oiled bowl and cover with a kitchen towel or plastic wrap and leave to rise for about 1.5 hours. Then roll the dough a bit more then divide into half (you can use the other half to make another roll or save it in the freezer).

Knead and roll the dough into a rectangular shape and spread the Zaatar with a tablespoon leaving about an inch on each side. Then start rolling the dough from the larger side and then make a cut in the middle but make sure to leave about 2 inches from the top untouched.

Start putting each piece on top of the other until a braid is formed (always make sure the zaatar-filled part is on top) then create a circle by closing off the parts that meet.

Cover and leave for 30 minutes more and then bake at 180 degrees for about 25 minutes or until the top is golden!

Enjoy with a side of labneh (Greek Yoghurt) , tomatoes, cucumber and of course, olives


*doubly good health :)

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