Yeast Rolls with Zahtar


These soft, buttery yeast rolls topped with earthy, herbal Zahtar make a delicious addition to any holiday feast and are also easy enough for a simple weeknight meal.


Prep time: 30 min + 20-30 min for rise | Cook time: 25-30 min | Serves: 12 Rolls



  • 3 packets active dry yeast

  • 1 3/4 cups warm water 

  • 1/2 cup honey

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted, plus more for brushing

  • 2 large eggs, beaten

  • 1 tablespoon Zahtar

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt

  • 6 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the yeast and warm water.  Let stand for 5 minutes until the yeast is bubbly and looks creamy.

  3. Turn the mixer on low speed and add the honey. Add the melted butter, eggs, and salt. Slowly add the flour, 1 cup at a time, until it is fully incorporated and the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, about 3 minutes. Add more flour if the dough is too sticky.

  4. Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface. Divide the dough evenly into 24 pieces and roll them into balls.

  5. Space 12 rolls about 2 inches apart in a large (12-inch) cast-iron skillet or a 9 × 13-inch baking dish. Repeat with the remaining dough balls in another skillet or baking dish. 

  6. Keep covered with a clean towel in a warm place and let the rolls rise until doubled in size, about 20 minutes.

  7. Brush the rolls with melted butter and sprinkle liberally with Zahtar. Bake until the tops are golden brown, about 25 minutes. 

  8. Remove the pans from the oven. Brush the rolls with more melted butter and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Serve warm.