Cheese Fatayer

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Imagine biting into cheesy bites of heaven – that’s what these pide, fatayer, or manaeesh are all about! It’s like the Middle Eastern version of cheese bread, perfect for breakfast or a snack anytime during the day!

Cheese Fatayer

Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Breakfast
Servings 12


**Cheese Filling:**

  • 3 cups of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup of crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon of finely chopped parsley
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon of dried mint
  • 1 teaspoon of Aleppo pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon of nigella seeds


  • 2 2/3 cups of all-purpose flour plus extra if needed
  • 1/2 tablespoon of salt
  • 1/2 tablespoon of instant yeast
  • 1 cup of lukewarm water
  • 1/2 tablespoon of sugar
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of plain yogurt

**For Assembly:**

  • Milk or heavy cream for brushing


**Making the Dough:**

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the all-purpose flour, salt, instant yeast, lukewarm water, sugar, olive oil, and plain yogurt.
  • Use a stand mixer with a hook attachment or mix by hand until you form a soft, elastic dough. It should be slightly sticky but manageable. Add more flour if needed.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl, cover it, and let it rise in a warm place for an hour until it doubles in size.

**Making the Cheese Filling:**

  • While the dough is resting, prepare the cheese filling. In a bowl, mix together the mozzarella cheese, feta cheese, parsley, beaten egg, onion powder, dried mint, Aleppo pepper, black pepper, garlic powder, and nigella seeds. Set aside.


  • Preheat your oven to 475°F.
  • After the dough has risen, punch it down and divide it into 12 equal portions, shaping each into a tight ball.
  • Roll out each piece into an oval/football shape.
  • Add a generous amount of cheese filling to the center of each oval, then fold over the left and right sides, pinching the top and bottom to create a boat-like shape.
  • Place the filled dough on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Brush the edges with milk or heavy cream.
  • Bake for 10 to 12 minutes until the edges turn golden brown.
  • Let them cool for a few minutes before enjoying them warm.
  • Get ready to savor these delicious cheesy treats!

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