October 9, 2013

Za'atar Fantail

Za'atar Fantail

Milk - 1/2 cup luke warm
active dry yeast -2 tsp
sugar - 1 tsp
Flour - 2.5 cups
Salt - 1tsp
Olive oil - 1/3 cup
Milk - 2/3 cup

za'atar -as required ( This can be replaced with any herb/cheese. If using dry herbs, then mix the herbs with olive oil and brush it over the dough where applicable)

Za'atar Fantail
  • Mix the sugar into the 1/2 cup luke warm milk and sprinkle the active dry yeast over it. Let it stand for about 10 minutes, or until frothy. In case there is no froth, you can try warming the milk a little, and still if no luck, then start over
  • Sift the flour and salt together and add half this mixture to the yeast mixture slowly
  • Add the olive oil and then continue adding the rest of the flour mixture. Now, add the milk slowly to obtain a smooth elastic dough. Continue to knead the dough for about 15 minutes more
  • Now coat the dough with olive oil and let it rise in a warm place for 1.5 - 2 hours. Keep the bowl covered with a towel or cloth
  • Get a muffin tin ready , oiled or sprayed as preferred
  • Punch the dough down, and roll it out into a rectangle of about 1/4 inch thick. Sprinkle the za'atar over the rectangular rolled out dough. Cut the dough into long strips and pile the strips one over the other to form a single pile
  • Now cut the pile through ever 5-6 cmd, to obtain smaller piles. Place each small pile vertically into each muffin cup and let rise for another 30 mins
  • During this time, preheat the oven at 180 C
  • Once the dough has risen again in the muffin tray, brush with egg white/ milk and bake at 180 C for 15 - 18 mins


  1. Looks picturesque, Aathira! This goes on my to-do list!

    1. Thank you !
      Making a chilli garlic cheese version today :)

  2. The recipe and process looks easy, only ingredient reqd is my courage.
    Terrific shots!

  3. Wow! looks yummm!! awesome shots Aathira :)


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