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Saj Bread with Za'atar and Olive Oil Recipe

Ingredients with Measurements:
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup warm water
- 2 tablespoons za'atar
- 2 tablespoons olive oil for brushing

Special Equipment Needed:
- Rolling pin
- Baking sheet
- Parchment paper

Step-by-Step Instructions:
1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and olive oil.
3. Slowly add the warm water and mix until a dough forms.
4. Knead the dough for 5 minutes.
5. Divide the dough into 8 equal pieces and roll each piece into a circle about 6 inches in diameter.
6. Place the circles on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
7. Brush each circle with olive oil and sprinkle with za'atar.
8. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 15 minutes
Temperature: 400°F
Serving Size: 8 servings

Nutritional Information:
Calories: 150
Fat: 7g
Carbohydrates: 18g
Protein: 3g

Substitutions for Ingredients
- All-purpose flour can be substituted with whole wheat flour.
- Olive oil can be substituted with vegetable oil.
- Za'atar can be substituted with any other herbs or spices.

- The dough can be rolled into a log and cut into slices for a different shape.
- The dough can be topped with other herbs or spices such as oregano or thyme.

Tips and Tricks:
- The dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- The dough can be frozen for up to 3 months.

Storage Instructions:
The saj bread can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days.

Reheating Instructions:
The saj bread can be reheated in a 350°F oven for 5 minutes or in a toaster oven for 2 minutes.

Presentation Ideas:
The saj bread can be served on a platter with a variety of dips and spreads such as hummus, tahini, or labneh.

The saj bread can be garnished with fresh herbs such as parsley or mint.

The saj bread pairs well with other Middle Eastern dishes such as falafel, shawarma, and tabbouleh.

Suggested Side Dishes:
The saj bread can be served with a side of Greek salad, tzatziki, or baba ghanoush.

Troubleshooting Advice:
- If the dough is too dry, add a few tablespoons of water.
- If the dough is too wet, add a few tablespoons of flour.

Food Safety Advice:
- Always wash your hands before and after handling food.
- Make sure all ingredients are fresh and not expired.
- Keep cooked food at a safe temperature.

Food History:
Saj bread is a traditional Middle Eastern flatbread that is believed to have originated in the Levant region. It is typically served with za'atar, olive oil, and other dips and spreads.

Flavor Profiles:
Saj bread has a slightly nutty flavor from the za'atar and a light, crispy texture from the olive oil.

Serving Suggestions:
Saj bread can be served as an appetizer, side dish, or snack.

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Region: Middle Eastern

Taste: Savory, Tangy, Herbal, Nutty, Aromatic