Breakfast and Brunch, Middle Eastern Recipes

Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns

Delicious warm zaatar and creamy cheese buns for a cozy meeting.

Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns comes in clutch when it comes to versatile bun recipes. Have you ever sprinkled a little zaatar (a powder tangy thyme and sesame mix) over some cheese for breakfast? If you have, you know how amazing the flavor combo is! Now imagine those flavors in a warm soft bun fresh from the oven 🥰.

This Tender Zaatar Cheese Bun will undoubtedly become your new favorite!

You can call it: bomb bread, ball bread, bread rolls, finger bread, or bread bites. Whatever the name, this homemade pastry is sure to be a hit! If you are meeting family or friends, it would be an excellent choice for breakfast, brunch, dinner snacks, or even a side dish.


Super tender zaatar cheese buns are warm and cozy homemade pastry!
Super yummy tender zaatar cheese buns!


Why Make Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns?

Who doesn’t enjoy the aroma of freshly baked bread? Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns will be loved by all! Once you try it, it will become a family favorite!

One of the reasons you’d adore these buns is because of their pillowy tender texture. To elaborate more, the texture is magical. It has a soft interior yet a soft layer from the outside, surprising you with its buttery cheese stuffing. Everything is simply baked to perfection!

Another reason behind your new obsession with Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns is the exotic nutty flavor of zaatar and sesame topping. Everyone will be more than satisfied with the wholesome feel!

Nowadays, kids enjoy having a variety to choose from in their packed lunch or lunch box, Zaatar cheese buns is a great option!


Why Zaatar Topping?

Zaatar is not only delicious, but it is also a great addition to this hearty buns.

On the first hand, zaatar is a widely known herb in the Middle East. It is an extremely beneficial herb and is found in every home. Also, it is an absolutely super remedy during the winter season. It makes you feel warm and full!

In addition, it is believed that eating zaatar will improve memory and brain function. For instance, students will be able to sleep comfortably, relax, and do well in their exams.

Furthermore, fresh or dried zaatar is an apt food to include in your diet plan since it improves the digestive system as well as strengthens the immune system.


Tender Zaatar Cheese Bun Appetizer Snack!

Zaatar cheese buns are fluffy from the inside and tender from the outside!
A heavenly zaatar cheese bun baked just for you!

Tips for Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns

If you don’t want to apply olive oil on the bun before baking, you can always add egg wash.

If you love an extra crunchiness to the outer layer of buns, make sure to slightly bake them more.

Knead the dough mix properly to prevent it from becoming dense. However, if you were too busy to wait, you can always use a dough biscuit that doesn’t have yeast. Thus, you mix and bake.

You can use a mixer or the old-fashioned way of baking.

If you used whole wheat flour, make sure to use only one cup.

Choose any type of cheese you like, but make sure it is not too greasy.


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How to prepare the dough in a fast way?

Dough biscuit is a faster and easier dough preparation option. It has no yeast, so you don’t need to knead.

Can I replace zaatar with other toppings?

You can replace zaatar with parsley, other cheese, oregano, honey, chocolate, garlic powder, rosemary, and the list goes on.

How long should cheese last in the fridge?

It depends on the type of cheese. For example, Panela Cheese should be stored up to two days. However, in the freezer, baked buns can be stored for up to ten days.

What other additional stuffing options can there be?

You can stuff your buns with cheese and olive, spinach with tomato, cheese with vegetables, cheese with garlic and mushroom, and chocolate.


Baked Goodies Ingredients

Cheesy Filling

Mozzarella Cheese

Cream cheese of choice

Parsley

Ackawi Cheese (optional)

Nabalsi Cheese (optional)

10 Minutes Dough Ingredients

Flour

Oil

Sugar

Yeast

Salt

Baking Powder

Milk or water


Instructions: Stuffing and Baking

10 Minutes Dough Preparation

Mix 2 cups of flour and add 1 tablespoon of yeast and sugar.

Add a tablespoon of baking powder. Though it is optional, it would make your dough fluffier.

Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.

Mix very well before adding 2 cups of warm water or milk.

Keep mixing until it is no longer lumpy yet smooth.

Cover the mixture and let it rest for 10 min.

When the mixture becomes jiggly, add 1/2 cup of oil (Mazola or Canola oil) and 3 cups of flour.

Mix for 2 min. Then knead it for 2-3 min.

Cheesy Filling

Soak the cheese for a few hours to remove the excess salt if you are using cheese in the water brine, make sure you soak it

Cut the rested dough into the desired size. Let each stuffed ball rest for 5-10 minutes.

For the sesame topping, dip a rested ball into olive oil and then the zaatar.

Bake at 375ºF until slightly golden.

Keep an eye out. The baking might be ready within 15 min or sometimes more.


Must-Try Recipes:

Ten Minute Multi-Use Dough

Spinach Fatayer

Middle Eastern Cheese Fatayer (Cheese Pies)

Maamoul (Date Filled Cookies)

Date Energy Balls

Palestinian Ka’ak

Palestinian Sesame Tea Cookies

Hilbeh | Fenugreek Cake

Bakery Style Almond Croissants


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stuffed cheese buns with zaatar

Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns

Fatimah
Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns is a savory treat that has a beautiful Mediterranean flavor. You'll taste the nuttiness of the zaatar with the savoriness of the cheese.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Dinner, Main Course, Side Dish, Snack
Cuisine International, Middle Eastern

Ingredients
  

10 Min Dough

  • 5 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon yeast It doesn't matter what kind.
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder Optional, adds fluffiness
  • 2 cups water or milk warm
  • 1 tablespoon salt

Cheese Filling

  • 2 cups Mozzerella Shredded
  • 1 block cream cheese Your choice, softened
  • cup parsley chopped
  • ½ cup ackawi or Optional, but recommended
  • Panela
  • Nabulsi

Instructions
 

10 Min Dough

  • Mix 2 cups of flour and add 1 tablespoon of yeast and sugar.
  • Add a tablespoon of baking powder. Though it is optional, it would make your dough fluffier.
  • Add 1 tablespoon of sugar.
  • Mix very well before adding 2 cups of warm water or milk.
  • Keep mixing until it is no longer lumpy yet smooth.
  • Cover the mixture and let it rest for 10 minutes.
  • When the mixture becomes jiggly, add ½ cup of oil (Mazola or Canola oil) and 3 cups of flour.
  • Mix for 2 minutes. Then knead it for 2-3 minutes.

Cheese Filling

  • If you are using cheese in the water brine, make sure you soak it for a few hours to remove the excess salt.
  • After preparing your dough, cut it into desired size. Let each stuffed ball rest for 5-10 minutes.
  • For the sesame topping, dip a rested ball into olive oil and then the zaatar.
  • Bake at 375ºF until slightly golden.
  • It is about 15 minutes depending on your oven just keep an eye on the oven.

Notes

  • Double the amount of cheese filling for the full-dough recipe.
  • If you’re using the cheese in the water, make sure you soak it for a few hours to remove the excess salt.  
  • Baking might require more than 15 minutes. Just keep an eye out! 
Keyword Cheese, Zaatar, zaatar bread
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10 thoughts on “Tender Zaatar Cheese Buns

  1. Anfal abujarad says:

    5 stars
    It amazing recipe, just loved it and made it twice last week, used a different dough but OMG the method and the filling are just WOW 😮
    Thank you for your great food recipe ❤️

    1. Anfal abujarad says:

      It is an amazing *

  2. Manar Hanania says:

    How do you stuff the buns? Do you open up the dough balls and stuff then close them back up?

    1. Fatimah says:

      yes, exactly.

  3. Manar H says:

    How do you stuff the buns of dough with the cheese filling? Do you open the dough up, stuff with cheese filling then close back up?

  4. Maryam says:

    5 stars
    Made these for brunch along with the 10 minute dough! They were absolutely delicious and perfect

  5. Sondos says:

    5 stars
    I made this recipe more than once and can’t get enough of it! The cheese blend is perfect and the zaatar topping pairs perfectly with it. Would definitely recommend it!

  6. Madiha Quraishi says:

    5 stars
    THIS HAS BECOME MY go to easyyy recipe. May Allah bless you for showing me this AMAZING EASY recipe. I have two kids aged about 2 so quick recipes are a huge win. I make it at every party and people GO crazy.!!!

  7. Ranan says:

    5 stars
    God bless you, it’s my first time in your channel and I hope to make everything exactly like you.
    Thanks

  8. Yasmine says:

    5 stars
    What could I say other than Masha allah Masha allah Masha allah how good this recipe is. The bread is soft and pillowy and stays so even a full 24 hours after baking. The combination of the gooey cheese with the soft bread and salty tangy zaatar is a literal melt in your mouth heaven of deliciousness. This has become a regular in my household and no matter how much I make they always seem to be gone within a half day!

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