Cheese Fatayer#BreadBakers

A Fatayer, is part of Lebanese cuisine and also of other Middle Eastern countries. Fatayer can be made with different type of fillings like mince, spinach, etc. Traditionally a Cheese Fatayer is made with the Akkawi cheese but you can also make it with feta cheese or mozarella cheese or a mix of both. Here I have used Kiri Cheese and zaatar spice to make these Fatayer .

Makes 6 

150 Grams Bread Flour
¼ Cup Milk
1 Teaspoon Sugar
6 Grams Fresh Yeast
½ Teaspoon Baking Powder
1 Tablespoon Oil
½ Teaspoon Sea Salt
Half An Egg
1½ Tablespoons Water
For The Filling
4 Squares Kiri Cheese
1 Teaspoon Zaatar
1 Teaspoon Oil
For Brushing
Half An Egg
Sesame Seeds - optional 
In a large bowl add the sugar and yeast, mix it well and let is aside for 10 minutes or till it is frothy. 
Once the yeast has bloomed add in the flour, milk, baking powder, oil, salt and egg together in the bowl and mix it gradually to make a combined dough. Take this dough on to a work surface and knead it to make a nice soft and smooth dough. Keep this in a oiled bowl , cling wrap it, till it doubles in volume.
In the meantime in a small bowl mix in the Zataar and oil well, then add in the Kiri chees and mix it well. Refrigerate it.
When the dough has doubled, deflate it and make 6 equal balls. Roll each dough in to smooth balls, cover and leave it aside for 15 minutes.
After 15 minutes flatten each ball into small round circles.
Divide the cheese filling into 6 equal parts. Fill the cheese in the middle. Fold the flattened dough and close in the middle (As shown in the pic).
Place on the greased baking pan. Repeat same process until the remaining circles.
Brush on top of each piece with beaten egg and sprinkle with sesame seeds ( I skip this).
Bake them in a preheated oven 180°C for about 18 - 20 minutes or until golden brown. These were done in 18 minutes.
Enjoy them for breakfast or as evening snacks. These taste good when hot and fresh! These were simply super delicious!!
My Notes
If you do not have Zaatar spice check the Recipe Homemade Zaatar Spice
Labels: Bread Bakers, Cheese, Breads, Zaatar, Lebanese, Middle Eastern, Snacks, Breakfast
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Sneha's Recipe
Sneha's Recipe

Happy Home-maker and culinary enthusiast.


  1. Absolutely gorgeous Sneha. I'm sure they taste as good as they look.

  2. We don't have Kiri brand cheese in the States, so you might want to add that it is cream cheese, Sneha. That we have plenty of, with various brand names. I love your fatayer!

  3. Bread stuffed with cheese! That sounds amazing.

  4. Cheese fatayer is in my baking list, not yet tired it. Thanks for this recipe . I can use this one it looks delicious.

  5. This has been on my list to try Sneha! I am bookmarking your recipe to try.

  6. Oh I love the tang of za'atar, these sound delicious!

  7. We love bread with cheese and this looks amazing.