Za’atar Focaccia with Oli

Our superstar chef Tara calls up one of her old friends to get the low down a unique form of Lebanese breakfast.

Done in 1 hr 30 mins

Tara Maini

Dish by Tara Maini

Za’atar Focaccia
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Catch this focaccia bread recipe blended with Za'atar spices for a unique Lebanese twist. Check out the video above to get some tips on how to best prove your focaccia bread to get a lovely fluffy bake. It. Remember, treat your beak gently, no kneading necessary in order to keep all the air bubbles inside the dough while rising. It all comes together with lashings of olive oil , greek yogurt, even more olives and cherry tomatoes. You can find all the details for this unique and wonderful focaccia bread recipe below so get ready, set and bake!


In a stand mixer, using a hook attachment, on medium speed mix together the flour, water, oil, salt, yeast and sugar until combined. Switch to high and knead until the dough comes away from the bowl. 

Add the olives and mix on low for 1 minute to combine.

Transfer the dough to an oiled bowl and cover with cling film. Let rise for 1-2 hours, being sure to fold edges into the centre every hour.

Grease and line a large deep baking dish with parchment paper. Drizzle with olive oil. 

When dough has doubled in size, transfer to the lined and greased baking dish. Gently spread to the edges, but don’t worry as it rests more it will spread out and fill the pan. Cover with cling film and let double in size again. Preheat the oven to 200ºC. 

To make the za’atar, toast the cumin and coriander seeds until aromatic.  Then grind in a coffee grinder. Mix together with the remaining za’atar ingredients.

Mix the za’atar and olive oil together and pour over the risen dough. Poke your fingers into the dough firmly to create indents. 

Bake for 18-20 minutes until golden brown. Let cool before serving.

Serve with labneh, sliced cucumbers, pomegranate, chopped salad and some more olives!

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Tara Maini

Tara Maini

Tara has always loved cooking, just ask her siblings. who acted as taste testers for all her creations growing up. As an adult, she trained in restaurants before heading to culinary school, where she mastered the basics of French cooking, baking and pastry – her biggest passion today. She might have fine dining training, but Tara still has simple taste...she’d eat chicken nuggets every day if she could. When she’s not experimenting in the kitchen, you can find Tara try to work out, reading cookbooks and finding new hobbies besides food.

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