Lebanese Zaatar (Za’atar) Bread


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon white sugar
  • 8 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour, or more if needed
  • 2 cups olive oil
  • 1 cup corn oil
  • 2 cups fresh za’atar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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Mix water, yeast, salt, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, olive oil, and corn oil; mix using your hands, adding more whole wheat flour if needed, until dough holds together. Mix za'atar into dough until evenly incorporated (see notes).

Shape dough, about 1/4 cup per piece, into rounds on a floured work surface. Arrange rounds on baking sheets.

Bake in the preheated oven until lightly browned, about 25 minutes.