“Eat little at a time, and only at need. For these things are given to serve you when all else fails. The cakes will keep sweet for many many days, if they are unbroken and left in their leaf-wrappings, as we have brought them. One will keep a traveler on his feet for a day of long labour, even if he be one of the tall men of Minas Tirith.”
— The Fellowship of the Ring, J.R.R.Tolkien
I’m a huge Tolkien fan, which is why I thought it would be a good idea to bake something Middle-Earth inspired and share it on this blog. The first thing that came to my mind is of course Lembas, also know as Elven Bread. This very nutritious bread was used for sustenance on long journeys. It was described as light brown on the outside and cream colored on the inside. One small bite of this special bread was supposed to keep you full for a longer amount of time.
These elven breads are the perfect thing to snack on while having a Lord of the Rings marathon. They also make a great breakfast! ..However, unless you live in Middle-Earth, just one small bite might not be enough 😉
- 3 cups flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- pinch of salt
- 250g butter
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup heavy cream
- 1 teaspoon orange extract
- zest of half an orange
- Preset oven to 200°C/390°F and line two baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Mix together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Add the butter and, using your hands, combine it with the flour until the mixture resembles bread crumbs. Next mix it with the cinnamon and sugar.
- Add the heavy cream, orange extract and orange zest and form a dough.
- Divide the dough into 2 pieces. On a floured surface, roll out one half of the dough to about 1 cm (0.4 inches) in thickness.
- Cut out 10 cm (4-inch) squares and using the blunt edge of a knife, mark an „X” on top of each square. (Be careful not to cut all the way)
- Place the squares onto the baking sheet and bake for about 15 minutes (until they turn lightly golden).
- Repeat the process with the other half of the dough.