It’s Hobbit Day! For the last 2 years of blogging, I’ve meant to post something fun for Hobbit Day, but never remember to until after today is here. For those that do not know, Hobbit Day is the birthday of Bilbo and Frodo Baggins from J.R.R Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. I’ve been on a nerdy food kick lately and really wanted to try making Elven Lembas bread. Not only did it turn out amazing, but I happened to make it just before Hurricane Irma came, so it was the perfect hurricane snack.
Elven Lembas Bread
- 1 cup (2 sticks) softened unsalted butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup honey
- 1 tbsp cinnamon
- 2 cups all purpose unbleached flour
- 1 tbsp milk or heavy cream
- Preheat oven to 325F
- Cream together butter, brown sugar, and honey
- Add cinnamon and flour and let mix (or knead if you don’t have a mixer) for a few minutes. If it’s still very sticky, add a little flour
- Roll out the dough (I did it between 2 pieces of parchment paper) about 1/4″ thick, cut into rectangles, and score the dough.
- Bake for 20 minutes and let cool
Mallorn Leaf Wrapper
To make the wrapper, take green paper and cut into the shape of the Mallorn leaf. I freehanded it, but there are templates online as well. Use green marker to create the veins in the leaf. Wrap the Lembas bread up, tie it off with some twine, and you’re ready to take it on your next big adventure.
These turned out RIDICULOUSLY good! Like wow. I wasn’t expecting it to be quite so delicious. You definitely can taste the honey and it reminds me of a shortbread cookie. We all scarfed these down and it was hard to get my family to stop trying to eat them long enough for me to take pictures.
Lord of the Rings was one of the first “nerdy” things I really loved. I can still remember my parents taking me to see it in the movie theater and I was being a total grump about it because I didn’t want to go. I was completely hooked by the end of the movie and couldn’t believe I had to wait for 2 more movies to find out what happened. Although I’ve not read the books yet, I’m hoping to dive into them soon and experience the written word goodness of Tolkien.