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Farayek Za’atar (Oregano Flatbread)

baked Farayek Za'atar in a baking dish with parchment paper under them

If you were ever curious as to what recipe made me feel like I was back home; it would be this. Farayek Za’atar (Oregano Flatbread) has got to be one of my favorite things to eat when visiting my parents and even when visiting family overseas. The bread is just so soft yet crispy at the same time and filled with tons of oregano. Often, we paired it with homemade fresh Arabic cheese and a cup of mint tea. It is truly the best breakfast and snack.

I sat down with my mom and made this with her. I am taking every opportunity I have with her visiting me to learn more techniques and recipes to strengthen my knowledge in our cuisine. So, while I have enjoyed farayek za’atar (oregano flatbread) many times in my life; I didn’t know how to make it as good as my mom. Yesterday, I learned so much from her watching her make this in my kitchen. And I am here to share that will all of you who are intrigued to try or want a taste of home too.

baked Farayek Za'atar in a baking dish with parchment paper under them
Farayek Za’atar

What is Farayek Za’atar (Oregano Flatbread) ?

Za’atar ultimately is a seasoning blend that mainly consists of oregano, thyme, sesame seeds, and some sumac.

In this case, za’atar is referring to oregano. So, this is an oregano flatbread. Farayek referring to the type of bread being made. The oregano we use is fresh oregano that we dry ourselves then re-hydrate when rinsing in water before use. The oregano doesn’t have to be dry. It can actually be freshly picked from your garden for example but many people do dry their oregano to use all year round and have a stash in their pantry. If you don’t, you can find some at omisfood.com. Feel free to use my discount code fufuinthekitchen as well. This is in no way sponsored. I just want to help those who don’t readily have access to an abundance of dried oregano!

picking oregano off the stem
freshly picked oregano leaves
baked Farayek Za'atar in a baking dish with parchment paper under them
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5 from 11 votes

Farayek Za’atar

This Palestinian Oregano bread is absolutely delicious! You would think it would take hours to make but nope! A little over an hour and you will enjoy this fluffy yet crisp piece of flatbread. The perfect bite with a cup of tea.
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Resting time40 minutes
Total Time1 hour 20 minutes
Course: Breakfast, dinner, Side Dish
Cuisine: Arabic, Middle Eastern, Palestinian
Keyword: easy bread recipe, flatbread, fresh oregano bread, oregano bread, palestinian bread, za’atar, za’atar bread
Servings: 12 Flatbreads
Author: Heifa

Ingredients

  • 4 cups Fresh Oregano or freshly dried oregano, washed, and drained
  • 1/4 cup Olive oil

Dough

  • 5 cups All ourpose Flour or Bread Flour
  • 1/2 cup Olive Oil
  • 2 cups Warm water
  • 2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tbsp Salt
  • 2 tbsp Fast Rising Yeast

Dough Part 2

  • 1 cup All-Purpose Flour or Bread Flour
  • 1 cup Olive oil

Instructions

  • To a large bowl, or your Kitchenaid bowl; add 2 cups of flour with the yeast, sugar, and salt. Gently mix then add the 2 cups of warm water. Mix very well with either with your hand or a kitchenaid dough hook.
  • Cover and let this rest for 10 minutes.
  • Then, add the olive oil and 3 cups of flour (one cup at a time). Knead this dough for at least 5 minutes using the dough hook or with your hands.
  • Move the dough to one corner of the bowl. In the other corner, add the ingredients from dough part 2. Mix those 2 ingredients very well together using your hands until it appears to be paste like. Then, mix that into the dough. Either knead this for 5 minutes in the kitchenaid or by hand.
  • Add the 4 cups of oregano that has been washed and drained to the dough. Knead for another 5 minutes either with the kitchenaid or by hand. Make into 12 even balls. Add to an oiled pan and cover for 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 F. Prep two large baking pans with either a coating of oil or parchment paper. Flatten each ball of dough to a round disc (flatbread) then add to the baking pan. Brush with some olive oil. Repeat then bake for 15-20 minutes. Bottom should be browned. Move it to the top rack and broil for a minute or two until top is ligtly browned as well.
  • Enjoy warm or room temperature! This is perfect with a cup of tea or a piece of cheese and olives!

Notes

Feel free to add on some Nabulsi Cheese into the dough if you like or some Red chili flakes. Completely optional.
Store in a ziplock for a few days room temperature and then in the fridge. Just warm up before enjoying again!

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21 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    These flatbreads are amazing! We have oregano growing in the garden, so as soon as I saw the recipe I had to make them. They are absolutely delicious, the oregano flavour is actually very subtle. I was worried when I read through it that it would be too difficult or that the oregano was too much. It definitely isn’t. So easy and so delicious. I’ll definitely be making these again and freezing them. I think they’d be useful for a packed lunch. Thank you for the recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    The dough for this recipe is something else! I love it and the flatbread was really good.. I have to make a second batch! And I know this will become a staple in my home.. This second time I will try some Nabulsi cheese and red pepper flakes as an addition in the recipe.. Haifa how much cheese would you put in the dough? Thank you so much!

  3. 5 stars
    Made the zatar bread and it reminded me of what my mom (Allah yirhamha) used to make me! It was delicious! It’s all gone (it made 12). The recipe was perfect! Thank you!

  4. Heifa,

    I found fresh oregano at my local grocer and immediately thought of this! I’ve had my eye on it for a while so I was excited. I followed your farayek zaatar recipe to the T and it turned out perfect! Everyone loved it. adults and kids included; thank you for sharing it! I am usually intimidated when it comes to working with dough but your recipe was so easy to follow, it turned out so fluffy and flavorful. Thank you so much!

  5. 5 stars
    I was a bit intimidated to make fresh bread because I’ve never done it. But this recipe was easy to follow, I did it by hand and it was an arm workout lol. They turned out absolutely yummy! And it didn’t take too much time. I found fresh oregano at my local Walmart. Next time I may consider stuffing some of them with cheese and adding some red chili flakes to the oregano like Heifa did in her recipe tiktok. Highly recommend!

  6. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe i have tried for this bread. It’s so delicious! Very easy and doesn’t take long to make. I’ll be making these for my family every week i love them so much! I actually made some yesterday but my husband took them all to work, so made some more today! they’re that good! thank you for sharing this recipe 🙂

    1. Hi Rana,
      You can certainly try to; I dont see why not but baking time will vary so just keep that in mind. It may take a bit longer since it isnt flat.

  7. 5 stars
    Delicious! I followed the exact instructions and the farayek came out perfect and left the kitchen smelling warm and nostalgic.
    The dough is smooth and easy to work with. I was short one cup of fresh oregano, so i added about half a cup of dried oregano, and shaped them into smaller and thicker pieces. They were equally loved by my husband and toddler! Thank you Heifa for this recipe. I can’t wait to make them again and again!

  8. 5 stars
    Delicious! I followed the instructions and the farayek turned out amazing, and left the kitchen smelling so warm and nostalgic.
    I am intimidated by baking, but the dough was smooth and easy to work with. I was short one cup of fresh oregano, so I added half a cup of dried oregano instead. I also shaped the dough into smaller and thicker pieces and the cooking time was the same. They were equally loved by my husband and toddler.
    Thank you Heifa for this recipe, and I can’t wait to make them again and again!

  9. 5 stars
    I have tried Fufu’s bread recipe and they do not Disappoint!! I followed it exactly and it turned out perfect ! It feels good to preserve my culture and this a recipe that everyone can use!

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