Akkawi Manakeesh: Arabic Flat Bread with Nigella Seeds

Every country has a form of pizza or flat bread and this one is popular in Saudi Arabia.
 Make the dough by combining 1-1/4 C. water, 1 tsp. rapid rise yeast, 3-1/2 C. flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1T. sugar and 1 T. olive oil.  Knead until you have a smooth ball of dough, cover and let rise for 1 hour.  Divide the dough into 3 balls and roll each one out to roughly 10 inches.  Drizzle with some olive oil.

 Sprinkle with Akkawi cheese.  I have not had a chance to go out and look for it yet but a good substitution is to use muenster cheese sprinkled with a bit of feta.

 Sprinkle liberally with nigella seeds.  These are also known as black caraway and have a very distinct flavor that makes this bread special.

 Bake it at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes.

The edges should be golden and the cheese should just be turning brown in several places.  Eat straight from the oven.


That would be great with some soup or stew.
Anonymous said…
I've never heard of this but it looks wonderful,,,
Lunch is served. That looks scrumptious.
Craig said…
Another bread type which is new to me... it looks very good indeed.
Anonymous said…
I think I've had this a very long time ago when I still lived in Gothenburg. Immigrants started to have a market just beside where I lived and I went there every day to get fresh vegetables and their old home country's food. I liked it a lot as I remember it!

Have a great day!
Guillaume said…
Looks delicious.
Guillaume said…
Oh and it reminds me of the pita bread they use for their sandwich wraps at Folies en Vrac.
I would love to know how you come up with all of your culinary ideas!!! You certainly are adventurous....I love it!
Kay said…
I've never heard of this either, but it does look delicious! If I'm ever in that area, I'll know to order it.
Mary Ann said…
I'm trying this, it looks delicious!
Jim said…
It would also be good with Greek souvlaki!
Thanks for this!
I love bread, any kind and this looks wonderful.