Along with the decor, I’m also making all of the food for our wedding (feel free to question my sanity- I often do).
My concept was to have a snack from each fandom (it’s a mid-afternoon wedding, so no need for a full meal). We have quite a few fandoms represented, but chief among them are Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
It took two solid months of trying several recipes before I landed on what I wanted to make to represent Lord of the Rings in our wedding food.
Lembas is described as:
“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, Farewell to Lorien
So what we know is:
- It fits in a mallorn leaf
- A little bit goes a long way in terms of satiety
- They are sweet in some way
- They contain enough nutrients to keep a tall man laboring all day.
I tried a few different things, but ultimately settled on this. I wanted it to be biscuit-sized, with a scone-like texture- chewy enough to be satisfyingly “meaty” and not instantly identifiable as a dessert pastry. But sweet, with the earthiness of brown sugar as a complement the protein power of peanut butter. And leavened, because elves are known to make pretty things.
- 3 cups flour
- 2/3 cup brown sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. baking powder
- 8 Tbsp cold butter, cut into chunks
- 4 oz. Peanut Butter (creamy or crunchy)
- 1 egg, beaten
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1) Mix together dry ingredients (flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon).
2) Use your hands and cut the butter and flour mixture until it’s that wet-sand texture.
3) in a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients (peanut butter, egg, cream, vanilla).
4) Make a well in the dry ingredients, then pour the wet into the dry.
5) Mix until just combined. You may need to use your hands.
6) Turn onto a lightly floured board and knead it just until the dough stays together.
7) Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
8) The next day, take the dough out and let it come to room temperature for a few minutes.
9) Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
10) Roll it to about 1/2″ inch thick. Then use a square cookie cutter to cut the shape. As with rolled cookies, gather the dough bits, combine, re-roll, and cut more shapes as needed.
11) Place each square on a greased or parchment-lined cookie sheet. Score the top in an X.
12) Bake at 375 degrees F for 15-17 minutes.
If I was patient, and had some kind of mallorn leaf wrapping prepared, I’d wrap each. But I have too many time commitments with this wedding, not to mention more recipes to make. And share, here on the blog!