Za’atar Garlic Knots

Za’atar garlic knots are worth more than 10 slices of cakes, they are addictive, full of flavour and so easy to make. Even for a novice bread baker.
By Jehanne Ali

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The za’atar garlic knot is worth more than 10 slices of cakes, they are addictive, full of flavour and so easy to make. Even for novice bread baker, this recipe will make you dance with joy. Considering za’atar is not that prevalent here, I have also shared the recipe on how to make za’atar at home using the blend of store bought dried herbs, that will take just 5 minutes or less.

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The za’atar garlic knot is worth more than 10 slices of cakes, they are addictive, full of flavour and so easy to make. Even for novice bread baker, this recipe will make you dance with joy. Considering za’atar is not that prevalent here, I have also shared the recipe on how to make za’atar at home using the blend of store bought dried herbs, that will take just 5 minutes or less.
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Recipe Type: Baking
Ingredients
Za'atar:
  • 2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 2 tbsp dried marjoram
  • 2 tsp dried oregano
  • 3 tbsp sumac
  • 2 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp salt
Bread:
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 85 g unsalted butter
  • 1½ tsp instant yeast
  • 2 large eggs
  • ½ cup milk, scaled then cooled
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp oil for greasing the bowl
Filling:
  • 2-3 tbsp za'atar blend
  • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Milk for brushing top of bread
Instructions
  1. Mix all the inrgedients listed for the bread and using dough hook, knead on stand mixer until soft, elastic dough is formed.
  2. Alternatively you can also use hands.
  3. Leave the dough to rise until double in bulk in the bowl greased with oil.
  4. Once the dough has doubled, punch down the air and divide into small balls.
  5. Flatten each ball into rectangle then smear one side with za'atar and garlic mince.
  6. Roll lengthwise then coil to form a knot.
  7. Preheat the oevn to 200 C and leave the knots to rise again for 20 minutes.
  8. Bake the knots for 15-18 mins until top is golden.
  9. Brush top of bread with milk to retain softness.


4 Comments
  1. I will be posting a step-by-step diagram in my blog real soon. But to explain in words, first you divide the dough into balls of 35-40 g. Then roll out the dough into a long rectangle. Fill the dough with za’atar garlic filling. Then just like how you roll for cinnamon roll, roll the dough tightly lengthwise so you end uo with a long rope filled with za’atar. Then form a slip knot, where you tie off both ends into each other, and instead of ending with a knot and 2 ends, twist in the 2 ends, forming a neater flower knot.
    Hope this helps for now :-)

  2. Recently made this and it was not good. The garlic was extremely raw after baking for the allotted time despite being minced very well. I experimented with mozzarella filling as I didn’t use the za’atar filling. The mozzarella was a lot better than the garlic. I plan on roasting the garlic halfway then using it for the filling for the next batch.

  3. Nice idea and beautiful photograph, but the dough didn’t work for me at all. As an advanced bread baker, I see no salt in a dough as very strange to my tastebuds and I also changed the quantities of flour, dried yeast, milk and sugar. The results are in the oven, will let you know what they taste like!

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