Elven Journey Bread
For journeys which may last an exceptionally long time and proceed through dangerous and/or strenuous terrain, there is nothing as helpful as Elven bread–also known as Lembas (from Lord of the Rings). When combined with another potion designed to provide strength and fortitude, the partaking wizard is tremendously prepared for the “long haul.”
1 Cup Bees gold (Honey)
1 Tablespoon grated orange peel OR peel and juice of three kumquats OR one large finger of a Buddha fruit hand OR cranberries, currants, dried blueberries, etc. Use any sort of your favorite fruits; combinations are fine.
Add a bit of flaked coconut, too, if you like it.
2 teaspoons Orange juice or orange water (optional)
3 ounces toasted almonds (can be chopped for finer blending)
2¼ Cups semolina flour (OR substitute: 1½ Cup white flour, with ½ Cup whole wheat flour and ¼ Cup ground cornmeal.)
½ teaspoon salt
¼ Cup butter (or healthy alternative which is still good for frying)
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1) Place eggs, honey, fruit peel, orange juice or water, and almonds in a blender. Blend on HIGH for three minutes.
2) Add One (1) cup of flour. Blend for one minute.
3) Scrape mixture into a large bowl and add rest of flour, salt, and cinnamon. Stir until well-blended. Before cooking (next step), recite the spelle below three times, while waving your wand over the mixture.
4) Melt butter in small saucepan-shaped cauldron (small griddle/pancake griddle) and drop batter by ¼ to 1/3 Cup batches on hot surface. Cook until lightly browned on bottom, then turn and lightly brown the second side. OR, melt the butter in the formed saucepan, and drop enough batter to coat the bottom and be ¼ to ½ inch thick. Brown the bottom and then flip over to brown the other side. These larger circles can then be cut into six pie pieces.
Elves of Now, Elves of Eld, Send your powers to this bread.
I have journeys to undertake, So might and courage in these bake.
*adapted from recipe for Lembas found at www.the onering.net Lembas is a word from the Sindarin language (Elven) created by J. R. R. Tolkien for his Lord of the Rings trilogy. “The lembas had a virtue without which they long ago would have lain down to die . . . this waybread of the Elves had a potency that increased as travelers relied on it alone and did not mingle it with other foods. It fed the will, and it gave strength to endure, and to master sinew and limb beyond the measure of mortal kind.” Tolkien, The Return of the King