Spelt Flatbreads with Za’atar

INGREDIENTS/ MAKES 8 FLATBREADS

For the Dough

2 cups/ 240 gr. spelt flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons olive oil
1/3 cup/78 ml. plus 3 tablespoons water
loose handful freshza’atar or thyme leaves, chopped

For the Topping

4 tablespoons olive oil
5 tablespoons za’atar spice blend

METHOD

  1. Preheat oven to 220 C/ 425 F and line a large baking tray with parchment paper.
  2. Combine flour, salt, and baking soda in a bowl. Mix to combine.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer, add the flour mixture, olive oil, and thyme and mix with a kneading hook while streaming the water. Stir with a spoon occasionally to combine. Add enough water so that the mixture holds together. I used 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons. If you don’t have a stand mixer, you can most definitely do this by hand. Stir the mixture until it comes together and then knead only for a few minutes to combine.
  4. Shape the dough into the size of 8 small plums. On a floured surface, flatten each ball with a rolling pin so that it is about 1/4 to 1/2 an inch thick. Transfer to baking pan.
  5. For the topping, combine olive oil and zaa’tar in a small bowl and mix well. Brush the mixture onto the dough and bake for about 9-11 minutes. The bread should be golden from the bottom, soft, and tender. Serve right away!

Thanks to Hanady for the Recipe!

Zayt Zaatar