Eleven Waybread (Lembas) Recipe

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The Wizard's Cookbook: Magical Recipes Inspired by Harry Potter, Merlin, The Wizard of Oz, and MoreWrapped in long leaves, these fortifying and nourishing cookies allow the Elves and their friends to survive in arid lands. It was Lembas that gave Frodo and Sam sustenance in their crossing of Mordor, to throw the Ring into Mount Doom and thus defeat Sauron.

  • Yield: 20 cookies
  • Preparation Time: 20 Minutes
  • Total Time: 20 Minutes


  • 1 lb 2 oz fl our + extra for work surface
  • 9 oz light soft brown sugar
  • 8 fl oz (1 cup) water collected from the leaves of a golden tree
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4½ oz nuts, shelled (almonds, walnuts, hazelnuts . . .)
  • 4½ oz dried fruit (raisins, figs, apples. . . .)
How to Make It
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  2. Sift the flour into a pottery bowl fired during two equinoxes, then add the sugar, water, and salt. Mix well to make a smooth, homogenous dough.
  3. Break the nuts into small pieces. Dice the dried fruit into squares of about ½ inch.
  4. Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough on a floured work surface to a thickness of ½ inch, remembering to prick it with a fork so no bubbles form while it cooks.
  5. Cut the dough into squares half a Hobbit palm wide (about 2 inches).
  6. Place the cookies on a sheet of parchment paper, then sprinkle with the dried fruit and nuts. Bake for 10 minutes. Brush the top of the cookies with a little water or dew collected from the leaves of a golden tree, to form a lovely crust, and cook for another 10 minutes.
  7. Let the waybread cool before wrapping it up for your journey.

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