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.
- The Dough:
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Step by Step method
For the Dough:
- In a medium size bowl, mix flour, yeast, salt, and sugar.
- Rub the mixture together until oil is well combined into the flour.
- Add warm water gradually while kneading using one hand (add more water if the dough is dry or flour if it is too sticky).
- 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:
- Meanwhile, in another bowl, combine zaatar (thyme) leaves, Scallion, sumac, salt, and olive oil.
- Mix all together and set aside.
Stuffing the dough:
- Cut off the dough to form 8 balls.
- 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.
- 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.
- Add another pinch of zaatar stuffing and fold the dough.
- Place in an oven tray greased with olive oil. Set aside for 10 minutes to rest.
- Roll once agian until flat.
- Place the tray in a preheated oven for about 10 minutes or until they become slightly brown or golden.
- Flip them to the other side and leave them for another 5 minutes.
- Served hot to enjoy the crunchiness of the bread. Typically served with fresh yogurt or tea.