Zaatar Rolls

Nour Kay
by Nour Kay
12 Rolls
1 hr 45 min

Yes cinnamon rolls are great, and we all love them! But have you tried zaatar rolls? This has been on my mind for a while, and I finally made it. As the name says it, zaatar rolls are similar to zaatar man'ouche but rolled.

Zaatar man'ouche is a traditional Lebanese breakfast that you will find in every region of Lebanon, and is basically a freshly made dough flattened, sprinkled with a generous amount of zaatar and olive oil mix, then baked until golden. The smell of a freshly baked man'ouche cannot be beat, a pure taste of home!

To take this meal to the next level, serve it with some labneh (thick yogurt) and fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, mint, olive, any vegetable you fancy!

Recipe details
  • 12  Rolls
  • Prep time: 90 Minutes Cook time: 15 Minutes Total time: 1 hr 45 min
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For the dough
  • 2.5 cups flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp salt
For the yeast mix
  • 2 tsp instant yeast
  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup warm water
For the zaatar mix
  • 1/2 cup zaatar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
For the rolls
- Preheat the oven at 350F / 180C
- Pinch the dough to release out extra air, and cut into 3 equal pieces.
- Flatten each piece on a floured surface using a rolling pin
- Cut the dough into 4 even parts, spread about 1-2 tsp of zaatar mix on each part, roll, and repeat
- Flour a circular pan, place the zaatar rolls in it, bake in the oven for 12-15 min until golden. You want them to remain soft and fluffy, not dried out.
For the dough
- Mix yeast ingredients together and set aside for 10 min so that yeast activates. Start by using only 1/2 cup warm water, save the 1/4 for later if needed.
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the rough ingredients -- start with 2 cups flour only.
- Slowly incorporate the yeast mix. Adjust flour and water amounts as you see fit. The dough should be soft but not sticky.
- Knead the dough then cover and let it rest / rise for about 1hr
  • Lindy Hall Lindy Hall on Jun 10, 2021

    I do want to try this.... but I'm unclear on where it goes from being 4 pieces of dough to 12 rolls.... I guess you cut the 4 pieces into thirds....

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    • Nour Kay Nour Kay on Jun 11, 2021

      Thank you both :) I may have been unclear but you are correct! I did cut the dough into 3 equal parts and for each of the 3 parts, I flattened it and cut it into 4 and formed rolls, updated the recipe :)

  • This looks really good and a fun way to have breakfast. Love the yogurt, cucumbers and tomatoes to be served with them, very much how I like to eat. American breakfast can be far to sweet or salt laden and this makes my tummy happy without sacrificing flavor. Not to mention a healthy alternative. Your photos are wonderful, can't wait to try! Thank you for sharing. ❤

    • Nour Kay Nour Kay on Jun 11, 2021

      Thank you so much Naomie, happy to hear that, let me know how you like it when you give it a try :)