Flatbread with Zaatar and Sesame Seeds

PREP: 10 minutes | COOK: 11-14 minutes | YIELD: 4 x 6-inch flatbreads

When I discovered zaatar, I couldn’t get enough of it! It is an absolutely incredible combination of spices that works perfectly as a pick-me-up for simple flatbread. Don’t hesitate to try it in hummus, too. This might just be your next favorite spice!

1 lb (454 g) whole wheat pizza dough (store bought or see Supportive Recipes)

2 tsp (10 ml) extra virgin olive oil

4 tsp (20 ml) zaatar (see Tosca’s tip)

2 tsp (10 ml) sesame seeds

1 tsp (5 ml) cumin seeds, crushed in a mortar and pestle or spice grinder or 1 tsp (5 ml) ground cumin

Pinch each sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Place rack in lower third of oven and preheat to 425°F (215°C).

Divide dough into four equal balls. Roll each ball out into a six-inch circle and place on a baking sheet. Brush each circle of dough with ½ tsp (2.5 ml) olive oil, and top with 1 tsp (5 ml) zaatar and ½ tsp (2.5 ml) sesame seeds. Sprinkle ¼ tsp (1.25 ml) crushed cumin seeds on top of each circle of dough and season with a small pinch of salt and pepper.

Bake until edges and bottom of flatbreads are golden brown, 11 to 14 minutes.


Zaatar is a Middle Eastern spice blend usually containing sumac, ground dried thyme, sesame seeds and salt. It can also contain cumin, chilies and other ingredients, depending on the region it is from. If you aren’t able to find zaatar, you can approximate the flavor by combining paprika, lemon pepper, dried ground thyme, ground dried sumac, sesame seeds and a pinch of sea salt.


Calories: 231 | Calories from Fat: 26 | Protein: 7 g | Carbs: 37 g | Total Fat: 2 g | Saturated Fat: 0.4 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Fiber: 2 g | Sodium: 256 mg | Cholesterol: 0 mg