Manakish – The Classic Lebanese Pastry

It all started when Rania shared an old man’ouche recipe, and I was bored on a Sunday!

Although she did do the initial translation, I’ve changed some of the elements to reflect only 4 Mankoushe’s which can serve 2-4 people (depending on your appetite).

Be warned, Rania’s version made enough for 10!

Dough ingredients

  1. Salt – just a dash
  2. Baking powder – 1 large tablespoon
  3. Sugar – 2 large tablespoons
  4. Milk – 1 cup (warm milk. Or you can replace with warm water and later add a spoon of milk powder)
  5. Flour – 1 cup.
  6. Flour – another 1.5 cups.
  7. Olive oil – 1/3 cup.
  8. Butter – a thumb sized chunk.

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit or 190 Celsius. If you have a wood fire oven then you have a small piece of heaven to look forward to.

Kitchen utensils:

  • Large Bowl
  • Whisk
  • Large oven tray or two
  • Clean hands.

Mix the first 5 ingredients into a bowl with a whisk, and let rest for at least 20 minutes to get a fluffy rise.

While kneading the goo with your hands, add the olive oil and butter, then gradually add the flour till you get a large ball of dough.

Build round 6-8 inch mini-pizza sized.. um.. thingies..  and make sure you have your tray lightly covered with flour to avoid burning and sticking.



Add one of these other ingredients in the center of each dough plate, leaving room for a finger off the side. The only ones I like mixed are the cheese on one side and Thyme on the other.

  • Lebanese Thyme and sesame (mix generously with olive oil because it dries up in the oven)
  • Cheese (salty Mozarella is the standard, but you can use cheddar as an addition)
  • 2 eggs, minced meat, and butter (if it’s hard to get your hands on Bayd w qawarma)
  • 1 Apple, honey.
  • Kishek (a kind of dried yogurt)
  • Spinach and lemon.


You can also use this dough to make an Apple Pie, by adding slices of apple and lots of honey. No I was not watching “American Pie – the movie”.

Put in the preheated oven for exactly 17 minutes for standard Mankooshe’s, and 26 for the apple pie. If you’re using a small toaster, on high heat it would be 12 minutes.

Thyme (Za'atar), 3 Cheese (Jebne), Eggs and lamb/minced meat (Bayd w qawarma), Apple Pie.

Thyme (Za’atar), 3 Cheese (Jebne), Eggs and lamb/minced meat (Bayd w qawarma), Apple Pie.


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