We’re going to get baked AND grilled today. I use sprouted spelt flour as my all-purpose flour at home for the most part. This recipe for easy grilled spelt flatbreads is one I turn to often–mostly within the context of pizza though. I only do the homemade pizza thing when it’s warm enough to grill (and since I’m Canadian, “warm enough” is anything above zero). My opinion is that VERY high cooking temperatures are necessary for good pizza and I feel a lot better about pushing my BBQ to 600° than my oven. Since this isn’t a pizza blog (tears), I thought I’d show off the simple goodness of this go-to dough as a flatbread today….
The first time I bit into a warm manouche was with my best friend Amanda. Though the circumstance is fuzzy in my head, I remember the toasty pita was covered in blend of spices so fragrant you could taste them with a hearty inhale. Za’atar, I later learned, was that deep, herbal spice blend that made the manouche so aromatic and irresistable. I haven’t been able to get enough since that fateful day.
Za’atar is generic name for a blend of spices native to the middle east. The mixture varies by region but the base of spices is typically the same; thyme, oregano, sumac and toasted sesame seeds. Sometimes with savory, sometimes with marjoram. I prefer mine made the way my best friend’s mom makes it (or at least how I think she makes it based on the many times I’ve eaten it) with the occasional addition of some fennel pollen which really pops with the earthy spices.