Manakish (Manaeésh or Manakeesh) is one of the traditional pastries in the Levant. It’s a pizza-like pastry, topped with thyme (Zaátar) and Olive Oil mixture. They can be made in small or large sizes. Manakish makes a great breakfast as well as a light supper with a cup of red tea.
Zaátar is a vegetarian nutrient obtained from ground dried thyme leaves, and added to this powder some toasted tiny sesame seeds, little salt, and summac. (Click on link for more info and photo: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Za%27atar).
Thyme or Zaátar is high in anti-oxidants, and there’s a belief that it improves memory and makes the mind alert, or at least that’s what our parents used to tell us when we were kids
Prepare dough as directed in recipe. Leave to rest till it doubles in size.
Cut dough into walnut-size balls. Roll out to 1 cm thick circles, and arrange in a lightly greased baking tray.
Prepare filling by mixing thyme (Zaátar) with olive oil and made into a paste. Paste should be thick, if not, add more Zaátar. Place 1 tsp filling over each dough circle and spread.
Bake in 495F (240C) preheated oven on third top rack for about 10 minutes or till bottom and top sides are golden brown.
Prepare Tomatoes topping by mixing all ingredients together. Add salt to season.
Place 1 tsp Tomatoes topping mix over each Manakish circles. Serve warm.
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