Breakfast & Brunch


picture of Hokkaido za'atar focaccia

Za’atar is a West Asian spice mixture and there are regional variations. I have a Za’atar made of sesame, sumach oregano and thyme.

I enjoyed an amazing Za’atar focaccia in Tel Aviv once and with all these beautiful pumpkins now that made a great combination. It’s actually our new favourite food!

focaccia ingredients
Focaccia after baking
picture of Hokkaido za'atar focaccia
Make a crispy fresh focaccia with Hokkaido pumpkin, olive oil and oriental seasoning Za'atar easily yourself with my recipe and tutorial


Make a crispy fresh focaccia with Hokkaido pumpkin, olive oil and Westasian seasoning Za'atar
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Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Resting time 1 hr 20 mins
Total Time 2 hrs
Course Brunch
Cuisine Fusion cuisine


  • 1 small Hokkaido pumpkin
  • 3 cups flour 360 g
  • 1 sachet of dry yeast about two teaspoons
  • 2/3 cup lukewarm water 160 ml
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon Za'atar*
  • 1 small onion
  • some thyme twigs
  • more salt and olive oil


  • Wash and open pumpkin. Cut five thin slices off each of the sides for decoration.
    picture of cutting Hokkaido pumpkin
  • Chop up about 1 cup of the pumpkin, that works best in a mini food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, you can also boil the pumpkin until soft and mashable.
  • Combine flour and dry yeast in a bowl, then add chopped or mashed pumpkin, water, sugar, salt and olive oil. Knead for 10 minutes into a slightly sticky dough.
  • Pour some olive oil into a big bowl and on your hands to avoid the dough from sticking too much and place the dough in the bowl. Cover with a damp tea towel and let it rise for at least one hour in a warm place, for example the warm oven. Around 30°C/ 85°F is a good temperature.
  • After one hour, the dough should have doubled. Punch it to remove the air, then knead again with oiled hands and form one big focaccia.
  • Spread it on parchment paper and pour some olive oil over it.
    pouring olive oil over focaccia
  • Then poke deep holes into the focaccia with your fingers or a chopstick to create pools for the oil and the spices.
    poking holes into a focaccia
  • Add pumpkin slices and onion, brush a little olive oil on them if you like. Then add thyme twigs, a little more salt and the second tablespoon of za’atar.
    Bild von Hokkaido-Za'atar-Focaccia
  • Now let it rest another 20 minutes and preheat your oven in the meantime to 210°C/ 410°F.
  • Then bake for 25 minutes.
  • Once it’s ready, sprinkle with a little more olive oil and cut into pieces, I find it easiest with a pizza cutter.


I actually like my focaccia best the next morning for breakfast roasted in a skillet.
This is also a perfect food to take with you when traveling.
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