Photos by Hannah Burne

Za’atar pitas are a special delicacy that can be found in the old cities of Jaffa and Jerusalem, and in some markets across Israel. They are best served warm and can be enjoyed on their own or as a side.


Prep time: 20 mins
Wait time: 80 minutes
Cook time: 10 mins
Makes: 15 pitas

Nut free


  • 2 1/2 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 4 tsp cane sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 
  • 1/2 cup olive oil 
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp za’atar
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds


In a large bowl, place yeast, sugar, and warm water. Gently mix together and set aside for 10 minutes.

Add flour, 1/2 cup of olive oil, and salt, and knead together into a smooth ball of dough.

Spread 1 tbsp of olive oil on the dough. Cover with a cloth and set aside to rise for 1 hour.

Once the dough has risen, preheat the oven to 450°F.

Place 2 empty baking sheets into the oven and allow them to heat.

Divide the dough into 15 balls, dust each ball with a bit of flour and roll into a flat thin 4-inch circle.

Set aside to rise for 10 more minutes.

In a small bowl, mix olive oil, za’atar and sesame seeds.

Press your fingers into the dough circles to create a few dimples in each pita, then brush the dough with the za’atar oil.

Place the pitas in the oven on the hot baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes.


Pairs beautifully with Hummus with Spiced Mushrooms & Tahini sauce.

Want to try a plain version of this recipe? Whole Wheat Pita Bread is a lovely addition to any meal!


You can use other kinds of flour in this recipe (spelt, red fife and unbleached white work well) – start with 1 cup of water and add more if needed.

You can freeze these once they are baked and cooled. You can then defrost them on the counter or pop them in the toaster!


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