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Za’atar Pita

za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan

Inspired by my trip to Israel (with the guys from Vibe Israel) I've got a really simple pita recipe for you, which is topped with the beautiful seasoning za'atar. It's not often I write about my recipes and the inspiration but I loved the whole experience of trying this bread in a busy side street in Jerusalem. It was hot, sunny, and the middle of November and we had been waving through the busy crowds of Pilgrimage tours and locals trying to get their daily bread. We had huddled around our amazing tour guide, whilst she hopped across the stream of people to grab a huge pita, straight off the burner which was topped with garlic, za'atar and lots of olive oil.

As we were all tearing pieces off the bread we listened to a story of how the pitas came about, from the old wives tales of the women creating small businesses selling their version of pita. With tough competition from other bakers, it was about creating the most delicious flavoured, best texture and top secret recipes. It was fascinating hearing how old some of these recipes would be whilst eating away. Either way I hope this version does it justice and inspires you to give za'atar a go!

Ingredients:

380g plain flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp caster sugar

7g instant yeast

280ml lukewarm water

1  1/2 tbsp olive oil

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For the topping:

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp za’atar seasoning

1/2 tsp sea salt

Method:

Simply mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl, then pour in the lukewarm water and olive oil, bring together to form a loose dough

Move onto a floured surface and knead for around 5 minutes

Pop back into the clean bowl with a glug of olive oil at the bottom to stop it sticking, cover in a tea towel and leave to proof for around 1 hour (if it’s cold in your home it make take 1.5-2 hours)

[preheat the oven to 200°C fan]

Once risen, knock back the dough and divide into 4 (you can divide into however many pitas you’d like to make)

Using your fingers, prod the each ball of dough until you’ve created the pita shape (should be around 1-2cm thickness)

Mix the olive oil and za’atar in a bowl and brush over the tops of the pitas  and add a good pinch of sea salt to each then bake on a tray for around 12-15 minutes or until golden on top

Allow to cool and dip into some delicious hummus or extra virgin olive oil

za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan

These photos were taken by the very talented Amir Menahem who is a magician when it comes to photographing the Vibe Israel tours! Hopefully these shots give you an idea of the beautiful fresh dough we got to try each day whilst wondering around the towns and cities of Israel.

za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan
za'atar pitas recipe easy and vegan