Zahtar Bread: Pan Arabe con Zatar

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Karen Hursh Graber

Store bought pita bread can easily be transformed into something a bit more interesting to serve with hummus and other dips. Sumac berries are from the plant Rhus glabra, not to be confused with Rhus toxicodendron, a poisonous plant. Dried, crushed sumac berries are available on line at or at grocery stores in cities with large Middle Eastern populations, both in Mexico and north of the border.


  • 4 pita bread rounds, about 7 inches each
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme leaves
  • 2 teaspoons dried sumac berries
  • olive oil for drizzling


Brush the pita bread rounds with the egg white.

Grind the sesame seeds, thyme leaves and sumac berries in a spice grinder or mortar and pestle. Do not grind too finely; the zahtar mixture should have some texture.

Sprinkle the zahtar mixture over the pita bread rounds and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes. Cut into wedges and serve with appetizers, dips, or as an accompaniment to a meal. Makes 32 wedges.

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Published or Updated on: August 31, 2007 by Karen Hursh Graber © 2008


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