Ingredients

How to make it

  • Preheat oven to 400 degress
  • In a small bowl mix the yeast, the sugar and ¼ cup warm water. Let the yeast mixture sit for 10 – 12 minutes.
  • Mix the flour and salt in a big bowl and add to the fermented yeast mixture. Start to knead the mixture into dough, while you gradually add the last ¾ cup warm water. Continue to knead the dough for about 8 minutes , until it turns into a firm, elastic dough. (if it's sticky add 1 or 2 Tbsp flour)
  • Form the dough into a ball, and cover the bowl with a towel. Let the dough rise for 1 hour, and then knead it for 2 minutes.
  • Divide the dough into 8 balls. Each one about the size of a Ping-Pong ball. Cover the dough balls with a towel.
  • Roll out each ball gently with a rolling-pin until it is about ¼ inch thick, and about 7 inches in diameter. Try to keep the pita in as round a shape as possible.
  • Line baking trays with parchment paper, and lightly grease with olive oil. Arrange as many pitas on each tray as possible. With fingertips, make little depressions throughout dough. Also make a small ridge around the perimeter of each dough circle. Stab each pita in a few spots with a fork. (very important step)
  • In a small bowl, combine the garlic paste, lemon zest and Zaatar and/or Sumac. Mix well. Whisk in Olive Oil. Then spread about 3 Tbsp of this mixture on each pita.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 12 minutes

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  • MAXI 3 years ago
    Cool recipy.

    Where can I order the very special interesting SUMAC sorghum ?
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  • mintymommybee 6 years ago
    haven't had this in sooooo long! I forgot how wonderful it is with taboulleh, chicken, garlic...
    thanks for the reminder!
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  • busmamawilliams 6 years ago
    Wonderful recipe! I am fortunate enough to live in an area with many mid-eastern neighbors & many mid-east grocery stores. No problem finding any ingredient! Thanks so much!
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    I made this wonderful bread on Sunday to go with your Fattoush and Baked Stuffed Kibbee - and wow! It rocked my world and the folks lucky enough to be inhouse to share. Bravo to you and your sister - thanks so much, Jim hon. You keep driving me to new culinary adventures. ;-)~ Vickie
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    grandmommy ate it and said...
    Hi Jim! Rob did an awesome job on this bread. Part way through he put it on his ceramic smoker (Big Green Egg) It was wonderful! We had it with applewood smoked chicken and roasted root veggies with olive oil and garlic. It was a delish meal and Rob really liked your recipe. Thank you so much for your post.
    p.s. you really must try Vickie's Lemon Icebox Pie.There were leftovers from my birthday dinner and it topped this meal off to make it just perfect!
    Thanks,
    Denise
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    grandmommy ate it and said...
    A million thanks Jim! This is the kind of bread Rob and I will really enjoy. I will let you know how it turns out. (As soon as Rob makes it)!
    Denise
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  • bakerrakka 6 years ago
    i love this bread, where do you find zaatar?
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    lunasea ate it and said...
    Thank you, Jim. How wonderful and delicious-looking to me! I have both the Zaatar and Sumac, so this is delightful to me and I am all about homemade breads.

    Hugs,
    Vickie
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    jett2whit ate it and said...
    sounds wonderful!
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    " It was excellent "
    berry ate it and said...
    This is great Jim... I love Zaatar bread. 5 as always!
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