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Aqras Zaatar

aqras zaatar
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Aqras Zaatar (or Zaatar bread) also known as “fatayer fallahi” which means villagers’ pie, it is a typical Palestinian pastry mostly made in spring, which is the official season of collecting fresh wild thyme. It is a flat bread, oily but crunchy, stuffed with fresh zaatar leaves, onions and sumac.


Ingredients

The Dough:
The filling:

Nutritional

Calories (kcal)
638.1
Saturated Fat (g)
2.9
Trans Fat (g)
0.0
Total Fat (g)
20.1
Cholesterol (mg)
0.0
Sodium (mg)
1322.2
Dietary Fiber (g)
8.1
Sugars (g)
1.2
Protein (g)
17.5
Vitamin A (RAE)
75.2
Vitamin C (mg)
48.7
Calcium (mg)
145.8
Iron (mg)
11.4
Vitamin D (μg)
0.0
Vitamin E (mg)
3.1
Thiamin (mg)
1.0
Riboflavin (B2) (mg)
0.7
Niacin (NE)
12.2
Vitamin B6 (mg)
0.2
Vitamin B12 (mg)
0.0
Folate (DFE)
475.0
Potassium (mg)
348.8
Total Carbohydrate (g)
98.0

Step by Step method

For the Dough:

  1. In a medium size bowl, mix flour, yeast, salt, and sugar.
  2. Rub the mixture together until oil is well combined into the flour.
  3. Add warm water gradually while kneading using one hand (add more water if the dough is dry or flour if it is too sticky).
  4. Cover the bowel with a plastic bag and place it in a warm place for about 30 to 40 minutes or until doubled in size.

For the Filling: 

  1. Meanwhile, in another bowl, combine zaatar (thyme) leaves, Scallion, sumac, salt, and olive oil.
  2. Mix all together and set aside.

Stuffing the dough:

  1. Cut off the dough to form 8 balls.
  2. Roll each of them on a soft surface which is generously greased with olive oil using rolling pin until you make a paper-thin sheet of dough.  
  3. Add a pinch of zaatar stuffing and a pinch of olive oil to the dough sheet, fold two sides of the dough to the middle. 
  4. Add another pinch of zaatar stuffing and fold the dough.
  5. Place in an oven tray greased with olive oil. Set aside for 10 minutes to rest.
  6. Roll once agian until flat.
  7. Place the tray in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until they become slightly brown or golden.
  8. Flip them to the other side and leave them for another 5 minutes.
  9. Served hot to enjoy the crunchiness of the bread. Typically served with fresh yogurt or tea.

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