In Lebanon, manakeesh are known as the go-to breakfast. It is very similar to how in Germany we consider bread rolls with butter & marmalade as our go-to breakfast. Manakeesh is a Lebanese delicious and crispy homemade flatbread topped with a variety of possibilities such as za’atar(thyme), cheese or an onion and tomato mixture.


1 kg white flour
1 tsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. sugar
½ cup olive oil
0.35 liters water

Za’atar Topping

3 tbsp. Za’atar
6 tbsp. Olive Oil


Mix the yeast with a little bit of warm water and put aside till the yeast is activated. Put the flour and salt in a bowl, then add the oil, water and activated yeast. Mix them till the dough holds together. Water can be added if needed. Cover the dough with a wet cloth and leave it for one hour to rest. Cut the dough into equal portions. Sprinkle a little flour on the kitchen tile and roll each ball with a rolling and place them in a non-stick tray.

Combine the za’atar and olive oil in a small bowl. Top the flatbread with the za’atar mix and put the trays in a preheated oven (200°C) for 15 minutes or till the edges of the dough become golden.


Serve warm or at room temperature.

Manakeesh can be frozen in a sealed bag for up to one month. When you don’t have time to cook or need a quick breakfast or lunch, take it out of the freezer and heat it up until it’s thawed out and warm to your taste…ENJOY!