Lembas Bread Recipe

We had a Lord of The Rings marathon today so I thought I’d have a go at making some Lembas bread. For anyone not familiar with LotR (go read/watch now!) this is a special elven bread the fellowship are given at Lothlórien by the elves. There are quite a few recipes online for this and I had a good look through many before putting together my own which was more to my flavour taste and which thankfully worked. This recipe is somewhere between shortbread and a sweetbread I think!

I’d recommend the following recipes for alternative Lembas bread ideas:



  • 3 Cups of Plain Flour
  • 2/3 Cup of Single Cream
  • 3 Teaspoons of Honey
  • 1/2 Cup of cold Butter
  • Vanilla Essence 1 drop
  • 1 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • Pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/2 Cup of Brown Sugar

If you decide to Ice

  • Icing Sugar 2 cups
  • Green colourant
  • 2 teaspoons of water



  • Preheat the oven to 180 degrees Celsius. Also line two flat trays with baking paper.
  • Sift the flour into a bowl and add the salt and baking powder before mixing together. Then add the cinnamon and nutmeg and stir it again.
  • Add the butter and stir before using your fingers to turn it into breadcrumbs (if your fingers get sticky use a bit more flour).
  • Mix in the sugar and then the honey.
  • Next add the cream and vanilla essence and stir with a flat knife until a dough is formed. Use one hand to bring the dough together and then remove from the bowl.
  • Wrap the dough in clingfilm and chill for half an hour. I found it to be quite sticky due to the cream and honey so a bit of excess flour will help picking it up!
  • After it’s chilled, roll out the dough onto a pre-floured surface and roll it until it’s a nice slightly chunky thickness. I found 1/2 an inch thick was best. If you’ve got a square cutter then use that or use a knife to cut 3 inch square shapes. They’re quite thick so you don’t want them too big!
  • Place the dough pieces on the baking tray and use a knife to score an
    ‘x’ across them, making sure you don’t go right to the edge. Then bake for 10 minutes or until golden in colour!

Optional Decoration

  • Let the bread cool first or it’ll all run. Mix up some green icing sugar and a smaller amount of white from icing sugar, colouring and water. Pipe the green icing in a rectangular shape over the centre of the lembas bread and then use the white to make a folded leaf effect- i’m sure you can do it neater than me!

Now you’re ready for a LotR marathon…. sit back and enjoy your Lembas bread!

If you want to see my other recipes, check Here


Ruthy xo

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