Jan's Maneesh Recipe

This is a great flat bread based on the Paul Hollywood Maneesh recipe. The way Jan makes the bread she gets two flat breads out of the mix, one she covers with the herb mix, the other she just dresses with olive oil, both are great with cheese, chilli dips, chutneys, olive oil and balsamic vinegar dips etc.


500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
7g salt
20g caster sugar
10g instant yeast
320ml of just warm water, we use boiled and left to cool
About a tablespoon of olive oil to use in kneading and to finish

For the topping:

6 tbsp sesame seeds
4 tbsp dried thyme
2 tbsp dried marjoram
½ tbsp dried onion seeds mixed with a little olive oil to make a paste
(You can buy this in supermarkets ready mixed, it's called Za'atar).


Put the flour, salt, sugar and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Add ¾ of the water and start mixing with one hand, whilst slowly adding the water until all of the dry mix is absorbed from the side and bottom of the bowl. You may not need all of the water, what you are wanting is a light, soft dough, not a wet mix.

Flour a work surface, or drizzle some olive oil onto your work surface and smooth it over a surface area large enough to allow for kneading the dough. (Figure 1 and 2).

When your dough is smooth (about 10 – 15 minutes kneading time) place it in an oiled bowl, (Figure 3) and cover with a tea towel until the dough has doubled in size (Figure 4).

Meanwhile, prepare two baking trays with greaseproof parchment or silicone paper.

Tip out your raised dough onto an oiled surface and keep folding it into itself until all the air is knocked out and the dough is smooth with no sign of joining seams (Figure 5). Divide the dough into two and flatten out with your hands until the bread is large pizza size. Place on the prepared baking trays and cover with cling film to rise or prove.

Once the dough has risen then brush lightly with olive oil (Figure 6) and cover in the topping mix (figure 7, 8 and 9), or dress one with the topping mix, and leave one plain with just olive oil (Figure 10). You could experiment with other toppings such as feta and rosemary, parmesan, tomato, garlic and basil.

Put in a preheated oven at 230°C for 15 minutes and cool on a wire rack (Figure 11).

Eat with cheese, dips or whatever you desire, just butter is good too.

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Figure 11