Saving at home – Manāqīsh



Good morning to all!

Today we’re going for a recipe that is a little bit more challenging than usual, but believe me, it’s really worth it.

It is actually not that difficult to prepare, it just takes some time to knead the bread.

If you want, you can find the ready-made bread dough at the supermarket.

Let’s go back to the recipe: it is called Manāqīsh and is widely used in Middle Eastern cuisine.

They are simply scones topped with a mix of sesame seeds and thyme (za’atar: you can also find this ready in the shops selling ethnic foods) … they are delicious and fragrant!

Let’s start:


Ingredients for 4 people: for 8 Manāqīsh: 5 cups of flour = 625 gr. – 2 cups of warm water = 440 gr – 1 tablespoons dry yeast – 2 tablespoons of sugar – 1 teaspoon of salt – 1/2 cup of peanut oil = 100 gr.
For the dressing for each Manāqīsh to replace the za’tar (to be prepared the day before or a few hours before: 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil – 1 tablespoon of dried thyme – 1 tablespoon of lightly toasted sesame seeds – 1/2 teaspoon of salt
For each Manāqīsh with cheese: gr. 100 caciocavallo or scamorza cheese – milk


First of all, lets prepare the dressing: add the dry thyme, the whole dried sesame seeds, (if you don’t find it ready: zaatar), the salt and the oil, stir well and leave to rest for a few hours, so that they take on flavor.

In a bowl pour gr. 250 of flour taken from the total amount, all the water, the sugar, the yeast and whisk with a blender until there are no lumps.

Let it rest for at least 20 minutes, before seeing bubbles form and the mixture swell a little.

After this time, pour this mixture into the bowl of the mixer, add the remaining flour, salt and oil and knead with the hook until it is well strung (it will still be a fairly soft and sticky dough).

Sprinkle the work surface generously with flour and pour the dough.

With the help of a tarot (a squared cutter), knead until it becomes soft, but not sticky.

Form a ball and place it in a bowl (greased with oil), in a warm place, covered with film, until it doubles in volume, it will not take long, about 45 minutes.

In the meantime, put the previously grated cheese in a saucepan with a little milk and let it melt, until it has released most of the fat and liquid and then let it cool, you will get a fairly chewy mixture.

When the dough has doubled in volume, pour it onto the floured work surface, give it a rectangular shape and cut it into 8 equal pieces.

Turn on the oven at maximum temperature.

With each piece form a ball, which you will roll out with your hands in a nonstick pan, forming circles of about 18 cm, it is better to use two pans of the same size, so that as soon as you take one out of the oven, the next will be ready.

Once the dough has been rolled out, brush it with za’tar (a mixture of spices) or with cheese, here you have to choose how many to make with za’atar and how many with cheese.

Bake in a preheated oven for 7 minutes, they should not be too colorful and in any case they must remain soft as they are often used rolled up like a spoon to eat hummus or other traditional Arab dishes.

It is important to melt the cheese, to prevent it from drying out too much with the high temperature of the oven.

I love the ones with the za’tar!

Serve them hot from the oven.

Enjoy your meal!

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