Lembas nourishes the soul even more than satisfies hunger, helping travelers maintain the willpower to overcome difficulties and great distances.
Galadriel gives the Fellowship a supply of lembas (each bread is wrapped in mallorn leaves) to give them strength in the fight against obstacles.
The Silmarillion says that lembas was first made from maize by Amana Yavanna, creator of everything that grows on earth. Therefore, it is likely that lembas was similar in texture and appearance to delicious cornbread.
For 16 servings.
Cooking time: 45 minutes
You will need:
- 150 g wheat flour
- 150 g polenta
- 1 tsp salt
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp of sugar
- 3 tbsp grated Parmesan
- Handful of fresh parsley leaves, chopped
- Red chili pepper, de-seeded and finely chopped
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 300 ml buttermilk
1) Grease a 20cm x 20cm square baking dish with butter.
2) Sift together flour, polenta, salt and baking powder into a large bowl. Add sugar, parmesan, parsley and chili.
3) Combine butter, eggs and buttermilk in a separate bowl, then gently stir in dry ingredients until smooth.
4) Pour the mixture into the prepared form and place in an oven preheated to 190 ° C for 30-35 minutes until the dough becomes golden.
5) Remove from oven and transfer to wire rack to cool slightly. Then cut it into 16 squares. This bread can be eaten warm or cold, preferably on the day of baking.