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Elven Lembas Bread

From the Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R Tolkien  


For those who don't know, lembas is a special bread made by the elves of the Lord of the Rings series. It's shaped into thin cakes and because of its filling nature it's usually used for sustenance on long journeys. Generally wrapped in Mallorn leaves, not much else is known about the ingredients. The bread is supposed to be brown on the outside and cream colored on the inside, sort of like a flat bread, and tastier than most other cakes in Middle-Earth. You can find a template for mallorn leaves and a alternate recipe here. These would probably make great party hors d'oeuvres if you're nerdy enough to have a LoTR themed party. Which you probably are. Dork.



Ingredients

3 eggs

1 c. honey

3 kumquats, whole (can substitute orange zest and a bit of juice if desired)

2 tsp. orange flower or rose water (optional)

3 oz. chopped almonds or macadamia nuts (fruits of the Mallorn tree)

¼ c. melted butter

2 ¼ c. flour (barley flour of you want to be really accurate)

½ tsp. salt


Directions
Put the eggs, butter, honey, kumquats, rose or orange flower water, and nuts in a food processor or blender. Blend on high for 2-4 minutes. Add 1 cup of the flour. Blend for a minute or two. Put mixture into a bowl and add the remaining flour and the salt. Whisk or stir until well blended. Bake a small amount of dough (about two tablespoons) at a time on a pizzelle or iron about 15 seconds or until lightly brown, for a flat bread like texture. They can also be baked at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes. Wrap in a leaf and tie with a string!

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  1. I love this. I am so nerdy enough to make these.

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    1. I just made a batch. Pretty good. Time to venture to Mordor :D

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    2. one does not simply venture to mordor

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  2. Made these for my son's school project. I kneaded the dough with additional flour until it was not sticky. Rolled and cut the dough, brushed it with melted butter. Baked it on parchment for 10 minutes in a 350 degree oven. They were great, nice flavor. The texture is a cross between a cookie and a biscuit. Thanks for the recipe.

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    1. how much flour did you use to make it as a dough an not pancake related batter?

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  3. I swear if I ever have enough time on my hands I'm so having a fantasy food party. Between Lord of the Rings, Narnia, and Harry Potter (the latter of which initially drew me to this blog haha. I'm having a Quidditch party with HP Food, obviously. The butterbeer recipe looks like one of the better ones I've seen!)I never even thought about Lembas Bread or Turkish Delight [although I've had the latter before...it's rather good haha.] This is a very amusing blog for a fellow geek, I really appreciate it! Good luck with all future geeky endeavours, and know that there are many more of us out here!! =]
    Ná Elbereth veria le, ná elenath dín síla erin rád o chuil lín. :)

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    1. you keep using that word. i do not think it makes you sound as smart as you think it does.

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    2. omg invite me to that party!

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    3. I think they're referring to 'the latter'.

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    4. I think they're referring to 'the latter'.

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    5. Dôl gîn lost. Uhunc ylf ernedui.

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  4. If only I had found this site a few hours earlier!

    I made my first attempt at lembas bread using a skillet scones recipe and subbing in some cornmeal (since my boyfriend was the recipient, and he always imagines lembas as a sweet, dense cornbread) and topped with honey.

    This version sounds to die for, though, and my rosewater has gone unused for a while. Though I don't know how easy it would be for me to find kumquats at the moment...

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    1. I always thought of lembas as cornbread too!

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  5. I loved making this! Though I made it with apricots instead of kumquats because we just couldn't find them. But they came out wonderful!

    My classmates are going to be very happy during our Epics party tomorrow!

    ~Thank you!

    And I was just wondering if you could do a Doctor Who Banana Daiquiri recipe. If you don't know the reference see season 2 with David Tennant and The Girl in the Fireplace is the episode. Thank you!

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  6. I imagined lembas bread to be full of whole grains and seeds...will try your recipe tomorrow tohumor my 9 yp!!

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  7. Yeessss, these sound really awesome. Thanks for sharing.

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  8. I'm making a bunch and taking these LARPing with me.

    Thanks!!

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  9. I was thinking of the same thing Anonymous...LARPing time with Lembas!!!

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  10. :D I'm about to make these - very excited - and just noticed that there's no instruction for the melted butter. Comments before mine give some clue and I'm sure it'll still come out tasty no matter what I do with it, but what did you do with it?

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  11. guess what! I am having a nerdy LoTR dinner party this Saturday. The entire menu is based around recipes adapted from the book. My Middle Earth Menu! These leaf-wrpped waybread will be perfect! Costumes, decorations, lighting and food... can't wait to get my nerd on!

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  12. Ooh, these sound interesting -- me and my boyfriend are huge LoTR fans and we were talking about a Lembas recipe today. I'm gonna have to try this now!

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  13. Gotta love us nerdy people... :)

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  14. I am doing a LOTR marathon...with the blueray extended editions...
    I am personally making, from scratch, all 7 Hobbit meals, with foods inspired by the LOTR culture. I am going to try my hand at lembas bread....I am going to try the apricots(no kumquats)...hope it goes well, thanks for the recipe!

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  15. I'm so making this! I'm going grocery shopping today and I'm definitely buying all the ingredients! I would love it if you did a Doctor Who Fish Fingers and Custard recipe. That'd be interesting!

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    1. Fish sticks and custard are interesting together... Not great, but certainly interesting.

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    2. There's a recipe on here for Fish Fingers and Custard now!

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  16. You could just get Wheat Snack Bread from MREs. Im certain it is about the same.

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    1. You are 'certain' it is about the same? I would guarantee that it is NOTHING even close to being the same... my God...

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  17. Made this with physallis instead of kumquats, and hazelnuts instead of macadamia. Trust me, it'll be the best thing you will EVER eat.

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  18. I wish I had this recipe last December, we had a hobbit party with tons of bread, cheeses, coney stew, rutabega soup, and a pie making competition. Lembas bread would have been perfect :3

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  19. I would like a recipe for cram

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    1. Ohmigod, YES!
      I'm assuming Fallout Cram.
      Other Fallout recipes would be fabulous, too
      Mirelurk cakes, anyone?

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    2. I thought cram was from Lord of the Rings? Eaten in The Hobbit, mentioned offhandedly by Gimli in Fellowship of the Ring? At least I think that is the kind they meant because this post is about lembas, making cram the next logical step. But it was described as not tasting very good...

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    3. I'm pretty sure the cram you're thinking of is the horrible biscuits that Thorin & Co. had to live off of on their journey up the Misty Mountain.

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  20. What could you substitute for kumquats?

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    1. I usually get couple of those small limes that you find in baskets at the grocery store near the beer. I use their juice and call it a day. Kumquats are a citrus-y fruit, so I figure that the lime juice gives you the citrus bite, even if it is not the same flavor. I have done this with both the orange flower water and the rose water. It tastes better with the orange flower water, but still tastes good with the rose water.

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  21. Is there anything I can replace the eggs with?

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    1. When I'm replacing eggs to make a recipe vegan, I often substitute bananas or applesauce. I haven't tried that for this recipe, though, so I have no idea if it would work!

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  22. How do you add the kumquats? add pieces to the mix or do you squeeze some of the juice into the mix?

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  23. i think i will try this. yeah i am a nerd (is a nerd and geek different?) so i will definitely try this, although i probably wont be having a LOTR themed party anytime soon lol, i could just make them for myself.

    i came here when i googled "Elvish food" i found a website called CouncilofElrond.com where there are a LOT of Middle-Earth inspired recipes :) and the Elvish ones look great but i decided to see what other recipes on other sites were. this one looks good, i wonder if i had my mom try one of these what she would think. lol she would never guess its from LOTR cause she never read the books or watched the movies.

    thanks for posting this.

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    1. With everything but the flour in the food processor. Fixed that error!

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  25. I wish these were really filling like in LoTR, so they could last all my hitch hiking trip to Boom Festival 2012!

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  26. I think this recipe is awesome! going to see the hobbit premiere with some friends (in costume of course), and am definitely making these.
    I was just wondering what you used to wrap the lembas in? (the other site said to use a foam, could you use a type of paper?)
    thanks!

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  27. You could actually, instead of using foam/paper/whatever, use real leaves. bamboo leaves that my grandmother uses to make zongzi (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zongzi) may not have the same exact pattern, but at least it's a leaf.

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    1. Corn husk should work too. Just put them in boiling water for a couple of seconds so they wont't break. Here in brazil we use it to make pamonha :)

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    2. Corn husk should work too. Just put them in boiling water for a couple of seconds so they wont't break. Here in brazil we use it to make pamonha :)

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  28. Cook for 15 seconds? Don't get me wrong, I love raw cookie dough and all, but shouldn't this be cooked a bit longer what with the egg and all?

    I do want to try this, however...

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    1. Hi there! That's only if you're using a pizelle iron to cook it like a flat bread, it is extremely high temperature. If you're baking them, around 10 minutes and 350 degrees.

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    2. Excuse me but when do put the butter into the recipe?

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    3. With everything but the flour in the food processor. Fixed that error on the post! Thanks for pointing it out.

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  29. If you do not know, Tolkien did mention Winter Barley Flour

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  30. Wow I wish I had looked this up before the midnight premier of The Hobbit. I would've given it to everyone who dressed up!

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  31. Yeah, do you use the whole kumquats, or just the juice? And when do you add in the butter? I would very much like to make these but I don't want to mess it up. (Also, just an fyi for people, kumquats have seeds that you should remove before eating.)

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    1. You can use the whole kumquats. Kumquats do not have to be deseeded if they are fully ripe, they can be eaten whole. The peel is much sweeter and less bitter than the orange or lemon peel, and adds a lot of citrus flavor to pastries.

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  32. Can i use walnuts instead of almonds?

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  33. Do I just put the whole kumquat in or do i peel them and cut them?

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    1. You can use the whole one! The peel adds a lot of flavor and it isn't as bitter and orange or lemon peel.

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  34. I have been wanting so badly to know what this stuff would taste and feel like ever since I was real little.
    I kinda thought it would taste and feel like bread in MRE's, since that was my only basis for comparison. I can't wait to try it!

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  35. my brother emailed me the link to this and asked me to make it for him because we both love LOTR so I am going to attempt it tomorrow if I can find rose water... hopefully.

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  36. The fruit of the Mallorn tree is actually a nut.

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    1. You are absolutely right, thank you for pointing that. Fixed! It's definitely been a while since I read the books.

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  37. Your site is just amazing. I've been cooking as a hobby for a long time and loved your creativity and references. I came by looking for ideas on Laura Moon's chili and ended up reading a lot more! I'm posting in Lembas Bread just to share that I've always thought of it as something similar to a Panforte, wich I tried during a trip to Italy. I believe your recipe goes on that direction... thinking about using some dried fruits on this and maybe a little of whole flour. I'm brazilian so I apologize for any mistakes :)

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  38. I always imagined lembas as tasting like an almond biscotti or something.

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  39. As much as I hate chocolate, it is the human food most similar in properties to Lembas bread (when they were exploring the North Pole they brought chocolate as the main calorie source, as well as it generally being a military ration due to these properties) so I was really expecting to find some chocolate here.

    Has anyone tried this recipe as a means of survival? I am curious if it works.

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  40. I made these but they came out all rubbery? They tasted good but weren't at all like cookieish texture...more like really thick pancakes... did I do something wrong?

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  41. I made some, but they came out kind of dry. It's probably because of the flour thing, but I read all the comments afterwards. Oh well. Better luck next week? XD

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  42. Forgive my ignorance (I'm Irish), but by "c" in the measurements, do you mean a cup? All ml over here.

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  43. I haven't made this but I would want it to be very dense and VERY crisp. When they bite pieces off in the movies it's most definitely NOT a biscuit or cake or any other such soft texture. It should be closer to old fashioned pioneer hardtack or hard salt sea biscuits.

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    1. They had a crispy cracker like bread in the movies, but it was soft on the inside in the books.

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  44. Greetings from Idaho! I’m bored at work so I decided to browse your blog on my iphone during lunch break. I love the info you provide here and can’t wait to take a look when I get home. I’m shocked at how quick your blog loaded on my cell phone .. I’m not even using WIFI, just 3G .. Anyhow, excellent blog!

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  45. This is not lembas. It wouldn't last a week in the wild.

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  46. I just tried this recipe and they turned out great :) I used orange zest as suggested and switched rosewater with 1 ½ tea spoon vanilla powder. I also added more floor until I could properly shape them. Thanks :D

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  47. What about honey? I wonder if 1 c. (it means 1 cup, right?) isn't too much. Isn't it too sweet?

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  48. the lembas was good. It made me think of a orangey pancake. i really liked them when i added honey on top.

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  49. i thought elves were vegans, whats up with the eggs?

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  50. the cake is a lie

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  51. Could you give a link to a paper print out for the leaves? That would be great!

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  52. Tried these and they were awesome! I did substitute cranberries and orange zest for the kumquots and orange flower/rose water. Thanks for the recipe!
    http://geekinkitchen.blogspot.com/2014/02/one-small-bite-geek-recipe-highlight-1.html

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  53. Could you make a recipe for Cram, or a recommendation for a close substitute?
    Also, what kind of leaves do you recommend wrapping them in? The only common thing large enough in my area would be Hickory, but I fear the taste might rub off.

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  54. Hmm. Any paleo/primal recipes of Lembas Bread? I imagine anything cooked or baked by Elves fits the very definition of Primal-Paleo living!

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  55. You could use almond flour or something, but elves are certainly not Paleo. In the Silmarillion they grown wheat, corn and all sorts of things. http://www.silmarillionwritersguild.org/reference/linguistic_foolery/elven_food.php

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