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Hobbs House Bakery Palestinian olive oil and zatar flatbread

From 24 September to 7 October 2012, the Fairtrade Foundation is running a campaign to give people the excuse to bake for their friends, family and colleagues. 

The twist is they’re asking us to remember that, as well as baking for others, we can share the benefits with farming communities in developing countries, by choosing Fairtrade ingredients.  To get involved visit

This recipe for flatbread with zatar, herbs, and Fairtrade olive oil from producers in Palestinian olive groves was donated to The Big Fair Bake by Real Bread Campaign ambassador Tom Herbert and his Fabulous Baker Brother Henry.


Makes around 20

830g     strong white flour
830g     wholemeal flour
30g       sea salt
170ml  fairtrade Palestinian olive oil (plus some for glazing)
40g       fresh yeast (or 20g dried active yeast)
1l           warm water
50g       zatar

If you have a sourdough culture add 200g for extra flavour and reduce the water to 900ml


If you are using dried yeast, dissolve it in the warm water for a couple of minutes, then weigh all the other ingredients together and give them a good mix. As the dough comes together, turn it out onto a clean work surface and knead for 15 minutes until your dough is smooth and very elastic.

Put the dough back in the bowl, cover and rest it for 45 minutes.

Scale the dough into 150g lumps, shape them round, cover and leave it to rest for an hour.

On a floured work surface,  roll the balls of dough out as flat as you can with a rolling pin, brush them with olive oil and finish with a generous sprinkling of zatar.

Crank your oven up as hot as it'll go, ideally with a baking stone or heavy metal tray in there and bake one at a time for 2 minutes max. If your oven's hot enough, they'll blister up, char a bit and be absolutely delicious. These are also the ideal breads to make on a BBQ - just heat a baking stone up on the grill and get baking.

To serve

These flatbreads are perfect with dips and as wraps for grilled meat, halloumi or vegatables.