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  • 8
  • Easy
  • 1 hour for 45 minutes
  • 15 minutes

“When visiting Beirut, we found eateries dedicated to making this street food,” says Teddy Zaki, author of Just Teddy – Petals from Paris. “The smell of man’ouche when they are baking is amazing – the tempting fragrance of the aromatic spices in the Za’atar fill the air. In the winter, when it’s rainy and cold, this is the perfect comfort food. It’s a great ‘grab-and-go’ food.


  • One batch basic ajeen dough
  • For the za’atar spice, mix:
  • 4 T dried thyme
  • 125 g dried oregano, ground
  • 65 g sumac
  • 125 g sesame seeds
  • 1 T salt
  • 2⁄3 cup olive oil, plus additional ¼  cup olive oil for brushing
  • cake flour, for dusting

Cooking Instructions

1. Divide the ajeen dough into 80 g balls and cover with a damp cloth. Allow to prove for 30 minutes.

2. Preheat the oven to 220°C. Mix the za’atar spice and olive oil to form a moist paste. The mixture should not be overly runny. Add a pinch of salt.

3. On a floured surface, roll each dough ball into discs and flatten using your fingertips.

4. Spoon a tablespoon of za’atar paste over each flattened circle. Don’t go too
close to the edge. Place on a baking tray and bake for 10–15 minutes or until golden. Take care not to burn the za’atar.

Find the recipe for basic ajeen dough here.

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Extracted with permission from Just Teddy - Petals from Paris by Teddy Zaki. Images courtesy: That Food Guy Publishing - a division of That Food Guy Group

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Teddy Zaki is the creator of Just Teddy – Fine Boulangerie & Pâtisserie at Hyde Park Corner, known for its luxe blend of French and Middle Eastern cuisine. The chef and pâtissier is the author of Just Teddy – Petals from Paris and was also a finalist on The Great South African Bake Off. Follow him on Instagram @just___teddy.

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