Welcome to another addition of Fantasy Food Fridays! If you're just joining us, Fantasy Food Fridays is an ongoing series of posts, hosted on- you guessed it- Fridays. Every week, I make a different food item from a fantasy book, movie or TV show, and then post pictures and how-to's here on the blog. Ready? Great!
This week, I tackled Lembas, from JRR Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. It is described as "very nutritious, stays fresh for months when kept unbroken in its original leaf-wrappings, and is used for sustenance on long journeys."
In Peter Jackson's movies, the hobbits nibbled on a kind of unsweetened shortbread. It is brown on the outside and rather cream colored on the inside.
So, anyway, I used
- white flour (although whole wheat or half and half would be great too)
- flaxseed meal (look for it in your gluten free or organic portion of the Grocery)
- white sugar
I mixed the dry ingredients together and then melted the butter in the microwave before adding it to the dry ingredients.
When that was totally mixed in, I didn't have quite enough moisture in the dough, so I added a tablespoon of water at a time until I had something roughly the consistency of cookie dough.
I rolled the dough out flat with a rolling pin- make sure you flour whatever surface you work on as it does get sticky!
And then I cut the dough into rectangles between an inch an three inches big or so.
I scooped the rectangles onto a greased cookie sheet and put them in the oven at 350 for about an hour...
And then disaster struck.
Somehow, I miscalculated the time, and they burned. One whole cookie sheet, black as anything. See?
However, although the others are a little browner than I would have liked, they still taste pretty good! I especially like them with apple butter on top:
Things I would change next time:
- less cooking time!
- less sugar
- add a little baking powder or an egg or two so they rise a little bit. These are pretty cracker-y
But that's my Lembas experiment! Enjoy!
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