Zatar is an amazingly versatile Spice mix ,that tastes tangy ,nutty and herby ,making it one of the favorite condiments in Arab cuisine.
The spice mix includes dried thyme, marjoram, oregano, sesame, salt and sumac. The aroma of zatar on fresh baked bread is simply indescribable. To get the best taste ,many in middle east make this spice from scratch. For those of us who can't find the individual ingredients to make the mix ,the middle eastern stores are usually well stocked to purchase this spice mix.
These zesty zatar rolls are perfect for brunch or an evening snack. I adapted the following recipe from Zainab's recipe ,which uses multigrains for a more hearty texture and also has feta cheese sprinkle along with the zatar. I made her recipe simpler by using single whole grain and just zatar stuffing.
Recipe : Zatar Rolls adapted from Arabic Bites
Makes about 6-8 medium rolls
3 cups Whole wheat flour(Fine ground) or Whole wheat pastry flour
1 active dry yeast pack,about 1 1/2 teaspoon
1 tsp sugar
3 tablespoon Olive oil
1 cup warm water
3/4 teaspoon Salt
Prepare the dough
Dissolve the yeast in warm water, stir in the sugar and allow the yeast to get frothy, about 10 minutes.In a large bowl combine the flour with the yeast mixture and olive oil and knead until well combined.Apply some more oil on the sides of the bowl cover and allow to rise until double it size about 3-4 hours
Preheat oven to 350F.
Shape the dough in to a rectangle and sprinkle the Zatar mixture all over ,roll and cut in about 2 inches portion,lay on baking sheet. Keep distance between the rolls,cover and let rise for another 45minutes .
Place in the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until lightly browned. Serve warm with any dip. Here I prepared a simple avocado and sour cream dip.