So today is the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Being a massive nerd, I just couldn't let this go by quietly. To celebrate the movie's release, I decided to do a bit of research about the famous snack, Lembas Bread. I'll spare everyone the boring details of what it's technically made of in the books. What you should end up with from this distinctly real earth based recipe is a lightly sweetened scone-type bread perfect for snacking on in the theater. Bonus points awarded if you can find leaves large enough to wrap these in.
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup honey
- 3 kumquats
- 2 tsp orange blossom or rose water (optional)
- 3 oz. chopped almonds or macadamia nuts
- 1/4 cup melted butter
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1/2 tsp. salt
Preheat oven to 400°
Combine eggs, honey, cumquats, rose or orange flower water, and nuts in a food processor. Process for 2-4 minutes or until smooth. Add 1 cup flour, and process for another minute or two. Put the mixture into a bowl and add remaining flour and salt. Whisk until well blended.
Roll the dough until it's about 1/2" thick. Cut into 3" squares, and transfer to a cookie sheet. Score each square corner to corner with a knife, then bake for about 12 to 14 minutes, or until slightly golden.
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