Bread and Pastry, Middle Eastern Recipes

Ka’ak Al Quds (Sesame Bread)

Sesame-crusted bread rings (Ka’ak Al Quds) displayed on a vintage iron surface.

Traditional Palestinian sesame bread  paired with aromatic za’atar.
The sesame-studded Ka’ak Al Quds, baked to perfection, meets its perfect match in za’atar.

Al-Quds’ Secret

What Makes Ka’ak Al Quds so Special

Sesame-crusted bread rings displayed on a vintage iron surface.
In every sesame-crusted bite, feel the warmth of Al-Quds’ embrace. Pair it with za’atar—a symphony of thyme, sumac, and memories.


Steps to Prep Ka’ak Al Quds

Homemade Ka’ak Al Quds, elegantly arranged on an antique iron platter.
The crunch of sesame meets the tang of za’atar—a culinary love song echoing through centuries. Close your eyes and taste the poetry.

Variations of Ka’ak Al Quds

Traditional Palestinian sesame bread (Ka’ak Al Quds) paired with aromatic za’atar.
Lean in closer. Can you hear it? The sesame seeds are telling tales of ancient ovens and za’atar-filled adventures. Listen well.

Tips and Tricks

Golden-brown Ka’ak Al Quds with sesame seeds, served on an iron tray.
Grab a ring, dip it in za’atar, and join the flavor fiesta. It’s like a party in your mouth, and everyone’s invited!

Ka’ak Al Quds Storage Hacks

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Ka’ak Al Quds similar to other breads worldwide?

Yes, there are similar breads across the world, such as Turkish simit and Polish obwarzanki, which are likely descendants of Ka’ak.

Why do Palestinians claim that Ka’ak tastes better in Al-Quds?

Whether based on bias or fact, all Palestinians agree that the Ka’ak made in Al-Quds tastes better than those made anywhere else in the country. Some attribute it to the old wood-fired ovens, while others believe it’s the yeast in the walls and atmosphere that has been there for generations.

What is Ka’ak Al Quds?

Ka’ak al Quds, is a traditional Middle Eastern bread. It features an oblong ring shape, a sesame seed-crusted exterior, and a sweet, fluffy interior. These hallmark breads are synonymous with Al-Quds and have a rich history dating back to the Middle Ages.

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Golden-brown Ka’ak Al Quds with sesame seeds, served on an iron tray.

Ka’ak Al Quds

Ka’ak Al Quds is a traditional Palestinian bread, often enjoyed during special occasions or as a delightful snack. These circular sesame-topped bread rings are soft, slightly sweet, and perfect for dipping in olive oil or enjoying with a cup of tea.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 2 hours 53 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 6 minutes
Course Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine Middle Eastern, Palestinian
Servings 4
Calories 1975 kcal


  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • tablespoons granulated sugar
  • cups warm water
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 1 tablespoon table salt

Sesame topping

  • ½ cup toasted sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses
  • 3 tablespoons water


  • In a bowl, combine the warm milk and water with the yeast and sugar.
  • Mix well until frothy. Set aside for 10 minutes to activate. It should be fluffy and bubbly.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the activated yeast mixture.
  • Add the flour one cup at a time, along with the salt. Let this knead on medium speed as you gradually pour in the flour.
  • Knead the dough for 8-10 minutes or until the dough starts coming together and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. It should be slightly sticky but not tough to handle. If it’s too sticky, add a tablespoon of flour at a time.
  • Transfer the ready dough ball to a bowl oiled with 1 tablespoon of olive oil.
  • Cover, and let it rise in a warm place until doubled about 1½-2 hours.
  • Once the dough is proofed, divide the dough balls into 6 equal-sized dough balls. Place on a lightly oiled baking sheet and cover, and let them rise again for 45 minutes.
  • In the meantime, combine the molasses, sesame seeds, and water in a large shallow dish to dip the dough into.
  • Once the dough ball has risen, grab one ball at a time. Use your thumb to make a hole in the center and stretch it out to make an oval shape. This needs to be about 8-10 inches in length.
  • Once stretched, dip both sides into the sesame and molasses mixture and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Let it rise in a warm spot, loosely covered, for 30-40 minutes.
  • In the meantime, preheat the oven to 475℉.
  • Once proofed, bake the ka'ak for 10-13 minutes, it should have some color on top but not be burnt.
  • Enjoy fresh and warm with some falafel, zeit, and zaatar, or eggs.



Calories: 1975kcalCarbohydrates: 401gProtein: 62gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 6992mgPotassium: 561mgFiber: 14gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 0.02mgCalcium: 83mgIron: 5mg
Keyword bread, Jerusalem, ka’ak al quds, Palestinian sesame bread, Sesame
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