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Za’atar is an herb mixture composed of savory, thyme, sumac, and sesame seeds. A prepared mixture of this herb mixture can be found at most Middle Eastern groceries. However, be aware that the quality of zaatar can differ greatly. You can also a recipe here.

1 tablespoon sugar
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons za’atar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspoon lemon juice (optional, for an extra tart flavor)

In a small bowl, dissolve the honey in the warm water.
Sprinkle the yeast over the water and stir until it dissolves.
Let the yeast mixture stand for 5 minutes, until a layer of foam forms on the surface. In a large bowl, combine the flour and the salt.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour the olive oil and the yeast mixture.
Stir the flour into the wet ingredients, until all the flour is incorporated.
If its too dry, add more water.
On a lightly floured surface, knead the dough for 15 minutes, until it is smooth and elastic.
Shape the dough into a ball and put in in a well-oiled bowl.
Cover with a moist towel and let rise in a warm place until double in bulk (about 1 1/2 hours).
One hour before baking the pizzas, start preheating the oven with pizza stones inside at 500 degrees F.
Roll out 6 equal circles of dough.
Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, mix zaatar mix with the olive oil and lemon juice.
Pour the zaatar mixture equally on the dough circles and smooth it over the dough surface.
Place on pizza stones and bake until dough is done (8-10 minutes).
Eat warm.

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