Umm Ahmad’s Zaatar Bread

Today Zeek and I were treated to lunch with very special bread, made by his Mother.

This Zaatar (Thyme)bread being made by Zeek’s Mother is commonly made at harvest time. Her mother taught her to make the bread when she was quite young. She, in turn, was taught by her mother and so on for untold generations.


First, flour is added to the mixing bowl. Zaatar that has been soaked in hot water for a few minutes is then added to the flour. Yeast is also used. The yeast is stirred into warm water with sugar and allowed to stand for a few minutes to proof, and then stirred into the flour mixture. The dough, after kneading forms a rather stiff dough that clings to the mixer paddle, forming a ball. The dough is then removed from the mixing bowl, flattened, and cut into round pieces. After that, it’s covered with shrink film and allowed to rise for around 15-20 minutes in a warm oven.


After rising, the bread is flattened by hand and baked at 375°F until a light, crisp, golden brown. These bread pieces have a consistency similar to shortbread cookies. They’re eaten with fresh vegetables, such as tomatoes, cucumbers, etc, and cups of sweet tea.

Umm Ahmad is an amazing cook, and she has prepared meals every day that make our hearts sing! Having her in our house has been a great experience, and we will certainly be sad when she goes back home to Jordan!


About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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4 Responses to Umm Ahmad’s Zaatar Bread

  1. David Deir says:

    And I’m jealous! it looks so good! sahha 😉

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Looks delicious. Thanks for sharing. (The photos. Unfortunately not the bread)

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Making me hungry.

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