Lebanese bread with za’atar

Lebanese bread with za’atar

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Arabesque
Makes
20
Photographer
William Meppem

Bread making often ends up being much less of a chore than you anticipate. If, like many of us, you are totally sick of focaccia, then try making these stubby little bread sticks for a change. This quantity makes 20 sticks, which might seem like a lot, but somehow they always seem to disappear quite swiftly.

Bread dough

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
500g plain flour
20g salt
30g fresh yeast
20g white sugar
1 1/2 cups warm water

Lebanese spiced oil

Quantity Ingredient
3 tablespoons za’atar
1 tablespoon sumac
100ml olive oil

Method

  1. Place the flour and salt in your electric mixer. In a separate bowl whisk together the yeast, sugar and water to a smooth, creamy liquid and add it to the flour. Mix with the dough hook for 5–10 minutes until the ingredients form a smooth, glossy dough. Cover the dough with a cloth and place it in a warm place to prove for around an hour.
  2. For the Lebanese spiced oil, mix the za’atar, sumac and olive oil.
  3. Knock the dough back and roll out on a floured work surface to an 80 cm x 25 cm rectangle, about 1.5 cm thick. Brush it with the Lebanese spiced oil and sprinkle it with a little salt. Then cut it into sticks about 2.5 cm wide. Place them on a baking tray and leave them to prove in a warm place for a further 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat the oven to 180°C and bake for about 10 minutes until the sticks are golden-brown.
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