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Manakish, also known as manakeesh or man'ousheh, is a traditional Lebanese flatbread topped with flavorful ingredients like za'atar, cheese, or ground meat. This versatile dish is perfect for breakfast, brunch, or as a snack, and it's easy to customize with your favorite toppings.
2 cups (250 g) all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon instant yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
3/4 cup (180 ml) warm water
Toppings of your choice: za'atar, cheese, ground meat, sliced tomatoes, olives, etc.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, instant yeast, sugar, and salt. Gradually add the olive oil and warm water to the dry ingredients, mixing until a dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 5-7 minutes, or until it becomes smooth and elastic. Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until it doubles in size. Preheat your oven to 425°F (220°C) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Punch down the risen dough and divide it into smaller portions, depending on how many manakish you want to make. Roll out each portion of dough into a thin circle or oval shape, about 1/4 inch (6 mm) thick. Place the rolled-out dough onto the prepared baking sheet and add your desired toppings, such as za'atar mixed with olive oil, cheese, ground meat, sliced tomatoes, or olives. Bake in the preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, or until the edges are golden brown and the toppings are cooked through. Remove from the oven and let the manakish cool slightly before serving.
Serve the manakish warm as a delicious breakfast, brunch, or snack. Enjoy them on their own or with a side of labneh, olives, or fresh vegetables.
Manakish is a delightful Lebanese flatbread that's easy to make at home and endlessly customizable with your favorite toppings. Whether you prefer classic za'atar, savory cheese, or flavorful ground meat, there's a manakish variation for everyone to enjoy.