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Easy Lembas Bread Recipe

Lembas bread recipe found in The Lord of the Rings , the book (not the movies). I have seen two different recipes for lembas bread, but never bothered to try them as I didn’t like the sound of them. But since I was curious about how could it be possible that Sam brought a whole loaf or it at once, I decided to give it a try and make my own recipe.

What is Lembas Bread?

Lembas bread is a fictional food in J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-earth legendarium. It was an important part of the elves’ diet, and its properties were described as similar to those of cram (another fictional food).

The name lembas means “Waybread” in Sindarin, one of many Elvish languages devised by Tolkien. The word lembas comes from two original elements: lem (“journey”) and bas (“life”).

In The Lord of the Rings, lembas bread is described as being made by the Elves, who say it is “light as a feather, yet stronger than iron”. The traditional way to make lembas is through baking rather than cooking or boiling; this makes it more like a paste than bread and gives it a long shelf life. In The Lord of the Rings, Sam Gamgee describes lembas as “waybread” and says that it “gives strength to the body and spirit when there is need.” Lembas has a nutty flavor that mellows with age; if not aged for long enough before eating it tastes like raw dough.

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What is Lembas Bread made of?

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup wheat germ (optional)
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1/4 cup of milk
  • 2 tablespoons of honey

How to make Lembas bread

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Then add the sugar and cinnamon, and other ingredients. Mix well.
  • Add the butter to the flour mixture and mix until crumbly.
  • Stir in the honey and water until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add more water by teaspoons until it comes together into a ball of dough that can be kneaded without crumbling apart too much (it will still be quite crumbly). Knead for about 5 minutes on a floured surface until smooth and elastic (if you don’t have a stand mixer, you can use your hands).
  • Shape into an 8-inch disk and place on a baking sheet; score into 8 wedges with a sharp knife or pizza cutter while still warm from shaping but not hot (this helps prevent them from falling apart when sliced later). Bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly golden brown around edges; remove from oven and let cool slightly before slicing into wedges to serve!

Tips

Lembas bread is a delicious treat that you can make at home. It’s easy to make, but there are some tips that can help you get the most out of this recipe. Here are some of our favorites:

  • Use whole wheat flour instead of regular all-purpose flour. This will give your lembas bread a more earthy flavor, making it taste even better!
  • Add raisins before baking for extra sweetness and texture (and because they’re delicious).

Storage

Lembas bread is made from water and wheat flour, so it doesn’t spoil easily. If you have some left over after your epic quest to destroy Sauron, there are a few things you can do with it.

  1. The first thing to do is ensure that your lembas bread is fresh. To do this, take a bite out of the loaf—if it tastes stale or dry, throw it away. If not, you can store your lembas in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three months. You’ll want to keep an eye on any mold or mildew on the outside of the container during this time frame (since fresh lembas may grow mold). If mold appears on the surface of your lembas, discard it immediately!
  2. Another option would be to freeze the loaf for up to six months at temperatures below 0°C (32°F). When freezing lembas bread, wrap each piece in plastic and place them inside freezer bags or containers with tight-fitting lids; don’t stack them together because they will freeze together and become difficult to separate. If you’re planning on storing your lembas in the freezer for a longer period, place them in airtight containers (or bags) with as much air removed as possible so that it doesn’t get freezer burn.

Reheating

To reheat lembas bread, simply put it in the microwave for 2 minutes on high.

It’s important to make sure your lembas bread is heated thoroughly, as this can help prevent foodborne illness.

Health benefit

  • Lembas bread is an excellent fiber source, which helps keep you feeling full and satisfied. Fiber also slows down the absorption of sugars, which can help minimize spikes in blood sugar levels.
  • It also contains magnesium, a mineral that helps regulate muscle and nerve function, blood glucose levels, blood pressure, and heart rhythm. Magnesium also helps maintain a healthy immune system by boosting your body’s defenses against infection and disease.
  • It is also a good source of vitamin B6, which is essential for normal brain function as well as for the formation of red blood cells.

Nutrition facts

Serving size: 1 piece (1/4 loaf)

  • Calories: 300
  • Protein: 9 grams
  • Carbohydrates: 50g
  • Carbs: 45 grams (2 g fiber, 39 g sugar)
  • Fat: 5 grams

Conclusion

In conclusion, lembas bread is a tasty (and meat-free) dish that would have fit in well on the shores of Middle-Earth. I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I enjoyed eating the bread and that it inspires you to try making it yourself!

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Lembas Bread recipe

Lembas Bread

Lembas bread is a fictional food in J.R.R. Tolkien's Middle-earth legendarium.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup quick oat
  • ½ cup wheat germ optional
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 3 tbps brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground nutmeg
  • 3 tbps unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 2 tbsp honey

Instructions
 

  •  Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Mix flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl. Then add the sugar and cinnamon, and other ingredients. Mix well.
  •  Add the butter to the flour mixture and mix until crumbly.
  •  Stir in the honey and water until a dough forms. If the dough is too dry, add more water by teaspoons until it comes together into a ball of dough that can be kneaded without crumbling apart too much (it will still be quite crumbly). Knead for about 5 minutes on a floured surface until smooth and elastic (if you don't have a stand mixer, you can use your hands).
  •  Shape into an 8-inch disk and place on a baking sheet; score into 8 wedges with a sharp knife or pizza cutter while still warm from shaping but not hot (this helps prevent them from falling apart when sliced later). Bake for 30-35 minutes until lightly golden brown around edges; remove from oven and let cool slightly before slicing into wedges to serve.

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