Za'atar bread is a Lebanese flat bread that is topped with a mixture of olive oil and za'atar. It makes the perfect addition to a tear-and-share platter alongside hummus, vegan tzatziki and selection of olives and fresh vegetables. Alternatively, enjoy it as Lebanese people do, as a hearty and comforting breakfast.
Combine the yeast and suger with the warm water in a cup.
Mix together the salt and flour in a large bowl.
Gradually add the olive oil and water/yeast mixture, stirring the whole time.
Once the mixture has started coming together, begin kneading the dough with floured hands. Continue kneading it in until the dough becomes smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. If the dough is too sticky add a small amount of flour.
Cover the bowl with cling film and leave in a warm place to rise for 2 hours.
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide it into eight equal balls. Leave them to rise for 30 minutes.
While the dough is rising, prepare the za'atar mixture by mixing the olive oil and za'atar together in a small bowl.
Heat the oven to 230 C (450 F). Place two baking sheets in the oven to heat up.
Flatten each ball with your hands and stretch it into small flat breads. Alternatively, you can use a rolling pin to gently roll each piece into a flat bread. They should be quite thin, about 10 mm.
Take the baking trays from the oven and oil them lightly. Transfer the za'atar bread to the trays and using your fingers, make small dimples in the bread. Spread the za'atar mixture onto the bread leaving a small margin around the edges.