Za’atar Bread

I had never heard of za’atar until I went to culinary school and a classmate of mine from Israel brought in a little packet of homemade za’atar to share with me. It contained sesame seeds, sumac, thyme, hyssop and a little salt, it instantly became one of my favorite spice blends. The first time I had za’atar bread was from a vendor at a farmers market. He was from Palestine and owned a local restaurant and was selling homemade za’atar, as well as this huge pile of soft flatbread with a generous topping of za’atar and olive oil baked onto the bread. Yet again, I became an instant fan. The word za’atar means thyme in Arabic, as well as referring to a general family of herbs such as thyme, hyssop, marjoram and oregano, among others. A popular spice blend in the Middle East, there are slight variations to the spice combo depending on the region.

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Banana Toffee Cake

Happy birthday to us, happy birthday to us, happy birthday dear blog, happy birthday to us! Happy 5 years AnkarsrumUSA blog! Also, most importantly, a big thank you to all our readers and subscribers and Ankarsrum mixer users and lovers!! All month long we’ve been featuring various companies on the blog that are part of a big giveaway we are doing to celebrate turning 5. And what better way to wrap it all up with a delicious cake baked in one of Nordic Ware’s beautiful Bundt pans.

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Vanilla Orange Milk Bread

The AnkarsrumUSA blog turns 5 soon, so we’ve been featuring some of our favorite companies in blog posts this month that will result in a huge giveaway (including a mixer) at the end of May. This one features a company that makes one of the most important ingredients in baking: flour. While high gluten flour might conjure up loaves of hearty crusty bread or chewy pizza crust in your mind, we are utilizing Central Milling’s lovely High Mountain bread flour for a soft fluffy enriched dessert bread.

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