By Lara Abdulhadi, Food Blogger

There is a lot of uncertainty regarding the start of this academic year, especially with COVID-19 dominating the world! Regardless, these quick and easy Manaqeesh can be made bite-size for your child’s lunch boxes or as treats to be eaten at home. They freeze great too, so you can take them out of the freezer and pack them for school. 

Ingredients

Serves 6-8

Part 1

2 cups flour

2 cups warm milk

2 tbsp yeast

1 tbsp sugar

Part 2

3 cups flour

1 tsp salt

½ cup vegetable oil

Topping inspiration to be added before baking the dough

 
Za’tar (a mixture of spices, including thyme)

 
Kashkaval Cheese and Pastrami

 
Kashkaval Cheese and Salami

 
Mozzarella and Sharp Cheddar Cheese

 
Mozzarella Cheese

 
White Cheese like Halloumi with black seeds

 
White Cheese such as Akkawi with fresh parsley

Another option is lebaneh with mint and olive oil that’s applied after baking the flatbread and taking it out of the oven to cool

Directions

1. Mix the first part and allow it to rest for 10 minutes until the yeast activates and bubbles

2. Add in the second part and mix until soft dough forms

3. Form into a ball and let it rest for 10 minutes

4. Flour your work surface and roll out the dough using your rolling pin and cut out the flattened dough into equal rounds using a cutter or a mug

5. Place on greased pan and top with your desired topping. For manaqeesh, mix two cups za’tar and one cup olive oil and drop a tablespoon of the mixture on each round flattened dough

6. Bake at maximum heat until the bottom is browned and the toppings are melted if using Cheese. The dough takes six to seven minutes to bake depending on your oven

7. Remove and set aside to cool

8. Freeze until you’re ready to serve or pack to go   

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