Za'atar Matzo | Baking with Herbs

It's hard to believe that we are in the final lap of the Fire Up Your Oven month long baking marathon!And I am sure my friends who are running this marathon with me will agree with this fact!!

For the final week I have taken the theme- Baking with herbs and spices. The herb of the week is an aromatic Middle Eastern condiment- Zaatar which is a herbal blend of wild thyme,dried sumac and sesame seeds.Sometimes other herbs / spices are also added to the blend.

I have been eyeing Zaatar for a long,long time and when Priya asked our Blogging Marathon buddies if we wanted anything from her place ,few of us asked for Zaatar. Though I was not sure of how it would taste or what to use it in, I was adventurous enough to be willing to experiment.

When the baking themes were finalized from my side, I wanted to add zaatar to one of the bakes and after watching the kids hog on the bake, I was so happy that my adventure was fruitful! Priya, thanks a bunch for sending it across...

I came across this recipe in Joumana's blog. It seemed to be simple and a very quick bake too. And of course used Zaatar, so I made it almost as soon as I saw the recipe.

Matzo is a traditional passover dish and this has a Lebanese twist to it!A very crispy snack that goes well with tea / coffee.

The best part is the kids reaching out to the box in which I had stored it to have a few matzos whenever they felt like they needed something to snack on!


I used:
Adapted from: Taste of Beirut

All purpose flour -3/4 cup
Whole wheat flour-1/4 cup
Salt- to taste
Olive oil- 3 tablespoons + 3 tablespoons
Zaatar mix- 3 tablespoons
Water as needed

Take both the flour, salt in a bowl. Add 3 tbsp oil and mix.Add water little by little and knead to a smooth dough. Knead well for 5 minutes.


In a bowl mix together the zaatar mix and olive oil. Divide the dough into 5 portions. Roll out each portion as thinly as possible dusting a little flour if needed. Roll out into a free forming oval shape. Transfer the rolled out sheet onto a greased baking tray.Spread the zaatar mix over it [including the oil]


Bake in a pre heated oven at 200 degree C for 5 minutes. Keep an eye on the matzo from 3 minutes onwards.The matzo will puff will lightly . Carefully remove the tray and flip it over. Bake for another 3-5 minutes till brown spots appear on the surface and the sides are brown.Do not over bake.Remove from the oven and place on a wire rack. Repeat for the other portion of dough in the same way


Here is how it looks after baking. The second and third pics show the front and back of the baked matzo.


Enjoy crisp zaatar matzo with a cup of tea.Store the remaining in an air tight container..


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