If, like us, you're a huge fan of Lebanese cuisine, you'll love tearing into a warm man'ousha. Your favourite cheesy and fragrant flatbread is probably the first thing you hit on the menu when it's time for a Lebanese on Deliveroo. And now you can make your own with this delicious recipe from Comptoir Libanais Founder Tony Kitous. Here he is to show you how it's done.
Comptoir black seed and halloumi flatbreads – man'ousha jabneh
Man'ousha are best described as the Lebanese version of a small pizza. They are essentially flatbreads topped with za'atar, melted cheese or meats and are most commonly served at breakfast. In Lebanon you'll find them in bakeries or made at home, where the simple dough recipe is prepared and then spread with the chosen topping before being baked.
Pitta bread dough
- 150-220ml warm water
- 1/2 tsp fast-action yeast
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 300g strong white flour, plus extra for rolling the dough
- 1/2 tbsp caster sugar
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 150g halloumi, very thinly sliced
- 1 tsp sesame seeds
- 1 tsp black sesame seeds
- Pinch of ground coriander
- Olive oil for drizzling
- Few sprigs of mint to garnish
- Pour the water into a mixing bowl, stir in the yeast until it's dissolved, then add the oil, flour, sugar and salt. Mix everything to a fairly firm dough, adding extra water if the dough is a little dry, or extra flour if it's a little soft, then cover the bowl and leave for 10 minutes.
- After the dough has rested, lightly knead it until smooth then return it to the bowl, cover and leave for 30-60 minutes until it has risen slightly.
- Preheat the oven to 220ºC (200ºC for a fan oven or gas mark 7) and preheat two large baking trays in the oven.
- Divide the pitta dough into six equal pieces. Roll out each piece on a lightly floured board until it's about 15cm in diameter. Lay the pieces of halloumi on top and scatter the sesame seeds over them. Season with salt and the ground coriander then drizzle with a little oil.
- Slide the man'ousha on to the baking trays and bake in the oven for about 12 minutes, until the dough is crisp and the halloumi has melted.
- Slide on to a board, scatter with the mint and serve while still warm.
You know what would go really nicely with your homemade man'ousha? Homemade hummus – Comptoir Libanais style of course. So give the recipes a try, and if you can't wait, you can always order from Comptoir Libanais on Deliveroo.