Z'aatar Pull Apart Bread

The final letter for this series, 'Z' is here!! As I was scrambling to figure out what I should bake for the letter Z, my family insisted that I bake a savory bread again. 

I initially put down Zopf as the bread of my choice but figured out it was again a braided bread and I didn't want to  repeat the pattern. Then I was pulled towards a Zebra bread, but it used a black color and I was not comfortable using artificial colors and didn't have the time to experiment with homemade natural black color.

That was when I landed in Gayathri's space and found this Z'aatar bread intriguing. I kneaded the dough and ran (drove) to the store to get the Z'aatar spice mix. After looking for it in 3 stores, I finally realized that I would have to look in middle eastern specialty stores and went a further few miles to my favorite middle eastern store, got the spice, and finished baking the bread!

So a frantic finale for the interesting month we have had at home !!
I shall post a recap of the whole month in a day or two for future reference and breathe easy until the next mega marathon. We shall get back to the relaxed posting of 6-12 posts a month until then.

Oh I shall surely miss the activity in my mornings trying to post, checking my fellow marathoner's posts and checking to see if my next day's post is ready. 

Thanks to Srivalli and my fellow marathoners for making this marathon an exciting one! 

Z'aatar Pull Apart Bread

Recipe Source here
Ingredients - 

Warm Milk 1 cup
Sugar 1 tsp
Active Dry Yeast 1 1/2 tsp
All Purpose Flour 1 cup
Wheat Four 1 cup
Salt 1 tsp
Butter (at room temperature) 1 Tbsp
For the Filling - 
Butter (at room temperature) 1 Tbsp
Z'aatar Spice mix 2 Tbsp 
Sesame Seeds and Red pepper flakes as needed

Z'aatar Pull Apart Bread

Method Of Preparation -

In a bowl of warm milk, add sugar and yeast. Set aside for the yeast to froth up.

In a stand mixer bowl, add the flours, salt and butter. Rub the butter into the flours.

Pour in the yeast solution and knead to a soft and pliable dough.

Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, cover and set aside in a warm place to double. [I left it for 2 hours].

Punch the dough and knead on a floured surface for a minute or two.

Roll the dough into a thin rectangle about 10 X 7 (approximately).

Z'aatar Pull Apart Bread - Prep

Apply butter generously. Sprinkle Z'aatar spice mix generously all over the flattened dough.

Divide the rectangle into small squares of about 2.5 inches.

Fold each small square like a triangle and fold the triangle into a smaller triangle and arrange in a greased 8 inch pan. [Refer picture].

After the bigger circle is filled up, arrange in the center in another circle.

Cover for about 10-15 minutes while the oven is preheated to 350 °F.

After the oven is preheated, brush the bread with milk and sprinkle sesame seeds and red pepper flakes as needed.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the bread is golden brown.

After about 10 minutes, invert it onto a wire rack and set it right side up.

Pull apart the bread and enjoy!!

Check out the Blogging Marathon page for the other Blogging Marathoners doing BM# 75

Preparation Time 30 minutes + Resting time 2 hours+ Baking Time 30 minutes
Makes 8 inch bread with 21 individual pieces


  1. Sowmya :) Says:
  2. Same pinch again! Wish mine was as pretty looking like yours. You have perfectly pulled off the pull apart bread. Looks amazing!

  3. Priya Suresh Says:
  4. Thats a gorgeous pull apart bread and the way you shaped the dough sounds very different from the usual pull apart bread. Awesome Bread there.

  5. Srividhya Says:
  6. Yes seriously I will miss the morning activity of posting and social media stuff too. :-) Same pinch for zaatar but I didn't prepare it as pull apart. Love yours and it has come out perfectly.

  7. Stunning bread and a work of patience , seriously looks like an artist at work .
    Perfect finale to the marathon , kudos Harini , you had me glued to your interesting breads everyday .

  8. Namratha Says:
  9. I've seen two Zata'ar breads back to back, makes me want to try some soon! So beautifully shaped and baked, looks too pretty to eat.

  10. Pavani Says:
  11. Such a pretty bread to end the marathon with Harini. That za'tar bread looks stunning.

  12. Srivalli Says:
  13. Simply awesome Harini, what a stunning bread!...and I have enjoyed all your dishes so much..thanks for the wonderful run!

  14. Omg this is a show stopper. You really made it so beautifully. Hats off to your patience.

  15. Zaatar totally rocked this day.. Could see zaatar being used in so many version !! Lovely share!!

  16. I wanted to make something using Zaatar, but made a different bread instead. So flavorful and this would be a great evening bread to serve.

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