Manakeesh (Cheese)

Manakeesh (Cheese)

This cheese manakish is a simple Middle Eastern cheese flatbread. Interestingly, it uses an all-purpose simple dough and topped with cheese and nigella seeds. Above all, manakish is a delicious snack, appetizer, or breakfast dish!
Prep Time 2 hrs
Cook Time 12 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mediterranean
Servings 6
Calories 160 kcal


Dough Ingredients

  • 3 cups Bread Flour
  • tsp. Active Dry Yeast
  • 1 tb. White Granulated Sugar
  • 1 cup Warm Water
  • cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 tsp. Salt


  • Akawi Cheese
  • Sesame Seed


  • Start by combining the yeast, sugar and ½ cup of warm water in a large bowl. For the yeast to proof, the water should not be too hot. Mix together and set aside for about 10 minutes until foamy.
  • Then add the flour, remaining water and salt to the proofed yeast. Then start mixing on a low speed. Gradually add the oil and increase the mixing speed until fully combined. If the dough won’t combine, add a tablespoon of water. If the dough is sticky add a tablespoon of flour.
  • Flour the bowl and place the dough inside. Let it double in size by covering it with a kitchen towel and putting it in a warm area for an hour.
  • After approximately an hour, divide the dough into 12 balls, cover with towel and let rise for an additional 30-45 minutes.
  • Soak the Akawi cheese in a bowl of cold water to let out some of the salt for at least 30 minutes.
  • Using a large box grater, shred the soaked Akawi Cheese
  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • On a floured surface, roll out each dough ball into 6 inches in diameter then place on the prepared baking sheet. Top the dough with the Akawi cheese.
  • Sprinke sesame seeds on top.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes, until golden brown from the bottom.
  • Serve warm with vegetables on the side
Keyword easy, quick