For those familiar with this traditional Levantine speciality, it is well known that these bites come in different sizes and can be prepared using different types of doughs and za’atar mixtures depending on regional and even personal taste preferences. But this beautiful treat will rarely disappoint you.
The recipe I’m sharing today in this post will yield in beautiful little za’atar bites that are incredibly crunchy and delicious and which will literally melt in your mouth. The dough is amazing and versatile (more recipes to follow soon), and can be prepared in no time (well almost, we are talking doughs here;)). I have no doubt that once you try this recipe, you would want to make it every time.
450 g all-purpose flour
pinch of salt
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 to 1 cup water
1/2 cup za’atar
2/3 cup olive oil
1 medium tomato, finally chopped
a few fresh mint leaves
- Start preparing the dough by mixing the flour, and salt in a medium bowl before pouring the olive oil over. Rub the mixture with your hands till it becomes more like bread crumbs. Gradually add enough water for the flour and oil mixture to come together. Move the dough onto a clean and floured work surface and knead the dough with your hands for a few minutes till it becomes smooth. Return the dough to the bowl and cover it with a plastic cling wrap. Allow it to rest for about 30 – 60 minutes.
- Preheat the oven to 180ºC and prepare two baking trays by covering them with baking paper.
- In a small bowl, mix the za’atar and olive oil. It is worth mentioning here that the thickness of the za’atar mixture is subject to personal preference so you might want to add more za’atar or olive oil accordingly.
- Sprinkle a clean work surface with some flour. Roll out about one third of the dough till you get it to about 1/2 cm thick. Then using a 7-cm cookie cutter (or simply a small cup), start cutting the rolled out dough into round shapes placing them on the prepared baking trays. Repeat the same with the remaining dough.
- Divide the za’atar mixture over the small dough bases placed on the trays by spreading about a teaspoon over each one. Bake in the oven for about 15 minutes or till the edges of these little yummy za’atar treats turn golden brown. Remove from oven and gently move onto a cooling wire-wrack allowing them to cool completely.
- Serve right away topped with some chopped tomato and fresh mint leaves. Or keep in an air-tight container to be served later on. Enjoy!