by Heather Schmitt-Gonzalez / Saturday, March 17, 2012
Savory Sesame Bread Rings (Ka'kat) & Roasted Thyme Sesame Blend (Za'atar)
You see, my favorite local market has a pretty impressive aisle housing "international" items. I find many of the imported items that I can't find anywhere else locally. From treacle and English biscuits to golden syrup and "exotic" spices. For months now, I've been eyeing a 16 ounce bag of Green Za'atar. It wasn't expensive or anything...I just wasn't sure how I would use it. I was intrigued by the look and the ingredients of roasted wheat, roasted thyme, and ground sumac (along with sesame seeds and salt). Ground sumac. What in the world is it? Sure, I'd heard of sumac. I knew the word. But what in the heck was it. Really? In the back of Flatbreads & Flavors I found my answer. Sumac is a reddish spice that looks sort of like chile powder and made from dried, ground sumac berries. It gives a pleasant acid taste to spice blends and dishes. Huh.
Well, when Za'atar was listed as a suggested accompaniment, I made a beeline to the international aisle and giddily placed that bag of spice in my cart. While I've included the recipe for making Za'atar at home, if you're unable to source sumac (like me...and no I didn't look online...I wanted it NOW), this is a fantastic option.
I will definitely be making these again - they are wonderful while warm. Good and chewy and perfection when ripped and dipped into olive oil and touched to the Za'atar. My kind of snackin' food. Or a meal (I've mentioned that I can make a meal out of bread once or twice before, no?).
- 1 tsp. dry yeast
- 1½ c. warm water
- 2 c. bread flour
- 1-2 c. white whole wheat flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- 1 egg whisked with 1 Tbs. water, for egg wash
- 4-5 tsp. sesame seeds
- extra-virgin olive oil
- Za'atar (Roasted Thyme & Sesame Blend)- recipe follows or pre-made (I like Ziyad)
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Michiana-based food, drink, and travel writer with a fondness for garlic, freshly baked bread, stinky cheese, single malt Scotch, and Mexican food—who believes that immersing herself in different cultures one bite at a time is the best path to enlightenment.