How to make Lembas from The Lord of the Rings | CookFiction.com

Name: Lembas

Inspired by: The Lord of the Rings

Secret Ingredient: Elven honey

"We call it lembas or waybread, and it is more strengthening than any foods made by Men." - The Elves

Chef's Note

This is more pleasant than cram, by all accounts, and the aroma from the oven is heavenly. Also, bring a water bottle and you've got yourself a great roadtrip snack.


Making Lembas

You will need:

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup cold butter
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
  2. In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Cut in cold butter and blend until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  4. Stir in brown sugar, cinnamon, milk, honey, and vanilla until well-mixed and a dough has formed.
  5. On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to flatten to 1/2-inch thickness.
  6. Using a knife, cut 3 x 3-inch squares out of the dough. Use the extra dough to make additional squares.
  7. Place each square on a cookie sheet and use the knife to lightly indent two diagonals from corner to corner on each square. (Do not cut all the way through the dough!)
  8. Cook until lembas is golden-brown (about 10-12 minutes).

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