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Manakeesh with za'atar made with the dough and placed on a white kitchen towl
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5 from 11 votes

Quick and easy dough ( عجينة العشر دقائق)

A quick and easy pizza dough that can be used in almost any of your baking projects, try it once and you’ll never need to wait hours for your dough to rise.
Prep Time25 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Arabic, Italian
Servings: 1
Calories: 3270kcal
Author: Amira


  • 5 cups all purpose flour. Note1
  • 2 Tablespoons dry yeast.
  • 1/4 cup sugar.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 2 Tablespoon dry milk optional. Note2
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1/2 cup oil. Note3


  • In your mixer bowl, combine 2 cups of the flour, yeast, salt, sugar, dry milk and mix well.
  • Pour in 2 cups of warm water and mix well using a wire whisk.
  • You will have a runny mixture, cover and let it set for 10 minutes only.
  • Now your mixture will be bubbly add the remaining 3 cups of flour ,oil then mix until you get a consistent dough. Your dough will be a little sticky.
  • Turn the dough on a lightly floured surface and knead by hand for 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Your dough is ready now to be rolled and shaped in whatever you like. Check out how to serve in the notes section below.


Note1: I usually use all-purpose flour in this recipe but if you are making pizza and if you have bread flour you might want to use it to get that desirable chew in pizza. Do not make a special trip to the store though, all-purpose flour will work great as well.
Note2: dry powdered milk is highly desirable as it gives a softer and richer dough but if you do not have it feel free to skip it.
Note3: I like using olive oil but I’ve also used vegetable oil before.

How to serve:

Add some spices to the dough to make it new each time. You might want to add some Italian seasoning to the dough to flavor it up for pizza.
Make quick Manakeesh by rolling your dough to a 1/4 inch thickness, cut small circles about 8″, brush generously with olive oil and sprinkle a mixture of equal parts of sumac and za’atar. Bake in a 350F oven for about 10-12 minutes depending on your oven.
Make Lahmacun: start by preparing the meat fillings shown in the traditional lahmacun recipe. Roll the dough into 1/4 inch thickness discs, spread meat mixture on and bake.
Make pizza cupcakes: spray muffin cups with cooking spray then press rolled dough into each cup. Make a filling with sauce, pepperoni, ground beef, veggies, cheese mix or whatever you like. Fill each cupcake with about two tablespoons of the mixture, top with more cheese and bake.
Use the dough to make: monkey bread, garlic bread, calzones, stuffed breads, bread knots, pull-apart bread, pizza bites, pizza pockets, pinwheels.. and much more.
Nutrition facts are calculated for the whole batch. In my experience, one batch is enough to make 3 or 4 (14") pizza as it depends on the thickness of the pizza.
Vitamins are in percentage value. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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Calories: 3270kcal | Carbohydrates: 501g | Protein: 68g | Fat: 114.4g | Saturated Fat: 17.6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 9.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 79.8g | Sodium: 135.8mg | Fiber: 21.6g | Sugar: 57.9g | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 122mg