For those of you with a bit of whimsy in your makeup, this post may appeal to you! How many die-hard Tolkien fans do we have out there? The rest of you may be scratching your head and saying, “Lembas Bread?” Lembas is a magical bread made by the Elves and given to the nine who made up the Fellowship of the Ring for sustenance throughout their long journey. Most think specifically of Frodo and Sam when Lembas comes to mind.
Ritchey, Kate and I are attending a Tolkien conference – A Long Expected Party 2 – and I will be teaching a cooking class. Since I am Lady Celebrian, consort of Lord Elrond, Lembas Bread will be our topic. Who better to teach someone how to make Lembas? I thought perhaps you may want to try your hand at it also! Oh, and since I didn’t have any fresh Mallorn leaves on hand in which to wrap the pieces of Lembas, I’ve decided to serve my Lembas on a leaf-shaped plate!
Just one suggestion when making Lembas Bread: be very gentle with the dough – after stirring in the milk and egg with a spoon, just bring it together with your hands. After you turn it out on a floured surface, again, use your hands to form it into a rectangle and gently pat it to about 1/2 inch thickness.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/3 cup cold butter, cut into small pieces
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 egg
- 1/8 cup milk, for brushing on top
In a large bowl combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut butter in until mixture is crumbly. In a small bowl, beat milk and egg until combined. Stir into crumb mixture just until blended. Using your hands gently mix well. Turn dough onto a floured surface. Gently form into a rectangle – about 1/2 inch thick. Cut into small squares with a sharp knife – you may rub a little flour on the knife if it gets too sticky. Make an X on each piece with your knife.
Carefully using a turner, move the lembas to a cookie sheet. Lightly brush a small amount of milk on the bread. Bake in a 400 degree oven for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown.
If you like, serve with lemon curd and a lovely cup of tea! You may add dried fruit to this lembas recipe – about 1 cup. I used blueberries and lemon zest. Raisins, cranberries or cherries are lovely choices. A little orange zest also adds great flavor! Enjoy!