Lembas Bread Recipe

lembas bread
The secret is out: i’m a huge nerd. And I’m the worst kind of nerd, a Tolkien nerd. That means I really really really like Lord of the Rings. So, naturally I decided to attempt to create the elven bread known as lembas. Lembas bread plays a key role in the Lord of the Rings story, as it sustains Frodo and Sam on their journey to destroy the one ring in the firey lava of Mount Doom. Spoiler alert! They succeed by sheer luck. Which is to say, without lembas bread to fill their tiny bellies, Frodo and Sam would have been orc breakfast before they even got to the dead marshes.
So the deal with lembas bread is that it has elven magic which makes you very full after only a small bite. It’s got lots of fiber. This recipe makes a slightly sweet and delicious biscuit type thing, great for breakfasts or long journeys to destroy magical rings. In the Lord of the Rings, lembas bread is wrapped in mallorn leaves to keep it fresh. Lucky for you, banana leaves very closely resemble mallorn leaves and can be found in the freezer section of your Asian grocery store. Of course, you DON’T want to eat the banana leaves. They are just for show…for losers like me.

Lembas Bread

Adapted from Spark Recipes.
Makes 10-15 pieces 
You will need:
2 1/2 cups of flour
1 tablespoon of baking powder
1/2 teaspoon of salt
8 tablespoons of cold butter 
1/3 cup of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon honey
2/3 cup of heavy cream (or more, if necessary)
1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder and salt. Add the cold butter in 8 equal slices and use a large fork to mash the butter. Mash for about 5 minutes. Your arm should get really tired and the butter should be in fine granules.
3. Add the cream and vanilla and stir until a thick dough forms. Add more cream if your dough is too dry along with the honey, cinnamon and sugar. Form it into a ball with your hands and refrigerate for 10 minutes.
4. Roll 1/2 of the dough out to 1/4 inch thick on a floured surface. Cut the dough into 3-inch squares and place carefully on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Use a knife to score the square in a criss-cross pattern. Reform the ball of dough with the unused edges.
5. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the bread just starts to brown. Remove from oven to cool and repeat the dough rolling, cutting and baking for the second half.
6. Optional: When completely cool, wrap each square in a 8 x 10 inch piece of banana leaf like you are rolling a burrito. You can treat the large sheets of leaf like paper and cut with a regular kitchen scissor. Tie with a piece of twine and throw on Fellowship of the Ring.
lembas bread

8 thoughts on “Lembas Bread Recipe

  1. Nerds are awesome! Speaking of which I can’t wait to make this for my next D&D session for everyone to enjoy!

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