Tuesday, 2 May 2017

Zaatar - Pull Apart Bread

Finally I managed to complete all the recipes in this mega marathon. Better late than never right..
Zaatar is  a middle eastern spice powder made with dried herbs such as oregano, thyme and marjoram, roasted sesame seeds, salt and sumac. I made this at home for a previous recipe. Find it here. I used the leftover spice to make this lovely pull apart bread.

Zaatar can be used as a condiment mixed with olive oil, or can be used to top breads or can be used as a coating spice for meats. It is so versatile and it tastes awesome. I am unable to explain the taste in detail as I am not at all familiar with the unique flavour. But it is tangy, tart and salty and it is so nice. You need to try to understand it.

I am happy that I was able to make the perfect bread dough for this recipe. Ofcourse I checked gayathri's video thoroughly. Since I didn't have a round tin, i tried to bring in the shape in small muffin cups and they turned out like beautiful lotuses. I loved the shape.

The filling is pretty easy as I just applied butter and sprinkled zaatar over it. As zaatar doesn’t have any type of chilly in it, I added some pepper powder while filling the bread. In one of the cups, I added some cooked potato to the filling.

Recipe Source: Gayathriscookspot
Country: Middle East


For The Dough:
Flour – 1 3/4 cup
Salt – 1 tsp
Sugar – 2 tsp
Instant Yeast – 2 tsp
Butter – 2 tbs
Curd / Yoghurt – 2 tbs
 Milk – 1/2 cup

For The Filling:
Zaatar Spice – 2 – 3 tbs
Butter – 2 tbs
Pepper Powder – 1 tsp
Boiled potato - 1


  • In a bowl mix together flour, salt, sugar, yeast, butter, curd and milk.
  • Mix to form a rough dough.
  • Turn it on to your work table, and knead the dough for 12 – 15 minutes.
  • Grease a bowl with butter and place the dough inside.
  • Brush the top with more butter, cover with cling film and set aside for 1 hour or until double in volume.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C once the proving is done.
  • Turn it on to the work table, press it, sprinkle with flour and roll into a thin square.
  • Apply butter on top and sprinkle zaatar and pepper powder.
  • Cut the square into smaller squares.
  • In some of the squares, mash and place the boiled potato as a very thin layer.

  • Grease an 8″ round tin or 3 muffin cups
  • Fold each square along the diagonal to form a small triangle.
  • Slightly fold the triangle along the longer side and place them in the bread/muffin tin. This will look like a petal of a flower.
  • Fill the tin with such petals. Start from the far end of the tin and then come to the center.
  • Brush the top of the bread with milk and sprinkle sesame seeds on top.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until the top is golden.
  • Remove from oven, allow it to sit for 5- 10 minutes.
  • Flip it on to a plate and flip it back to reveal the top.
  • Serve immediately.

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  1. Lovely bake. It's high time I need to try these pull apart bread. This zaatar pull apart is looking great.

  2. Lovely bread. And same pinch again. I baked zaatar pull apart bread too. Yours has turned out beautifully. Kudos to you. All your recipes for this month were lovely! Awesome marathon

  3. Simply loved the shape of your pull apart bread, very lovely bread.

  4. Zatar bread has been a star today..lovely shape and awesome flavors of the bread.

  5. Same pinch. Interesting addition of potato there!

  6. Lovely za'atar bread Ruchi. Such pretty shape to the buns too.

  7. Great run and that bread has turned out so good Ruchi!

  8. I remember bookmarking them on her blog. Yours looks so nice and beautiful