Are guys more prone to eat bread in the colder months, or am I just out of control?
Either way, I’ve been baking a lot of treats lately which helped me realize something of significance for you and me: any combination of wholewheat flour, butter and honey is guaranteed to provide mouthwatering results.
So, A Game of Scones by Jammy Lannister is a parody book with mostly silly recipes to make fun of Game of Thrones characters.
But even though most recipes look AWFUL (looking at you, Oberyn’s Smashing Surprise – SEASON 4 SPOILERS!!), they’re actually well explained and seem good enough to eat.
And when I got to the page with the Direwolf Bread, I knew I HAD to make it.
I used Hot Pie’s Wolfbread recipe on page 40 as inspiration, but changed a few ingredients and measurements to make my bread softer and sweeter.
Also, to make the recipe even easier I drew a direwolf template that you can download here.
I promise even an inexperienced baker can make this Game of Thrones Direwolf Bread and they will taste great. Also, if you don’t want to print the template, just lightly trace it on white paper using your computer screen as a light pad.
For the bread (7 wolves)
- 1 + 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup unsalted butter
- 1/3 cup honey
- 250g wholewheat flour
- 250g all-purpose flour
- 1 + 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 egg (for the egg wash)
- Piece of paper.
- Brown the butter! Hot Pie said it himself in Season 7 of Game of Thrones – it will make everything taste better even if it takes more time. Just drop 1/4 cup of butter in a saucepan over medium fire. Swirl it constantly so it doesn’t burn. When the butter is all liquid and evenly covered in bubbles, it’s ready.
- Mix the wet ingredients in a bowl: Warm water, browned butter and honey.
- In another bowl mix the dry ingredients: Flours, dry yeast and salt. Then slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet mix.
- Keep mixing until the dough stops sticking to the bowl. Then knead over a lightly floured counter for about 15 minutes (hopefully you will be prepared and have a laptop with Netflix open by this step), until the dough is soft and elastic. Add 1 or 2 spoonfuls of flour if the dough remains too sticky.
- Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a towel. Let it rise for 1 hour, preferably in a warm place.
- Once the dough doubles in size, take a fist sized piece and roll it over a floured surface.
- Cut the dough into wolf shapes and add some details with a knife. You can draw or print a wolf template and place it over the rolled out dough to guide you – or you can be a hero and eyeball the shape without using molds. It’s up to you!
- After cutting your wolves, transfer them to a greased baking sheet and let them rise for 15 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 425F.
- Beat the egg and lightly brush it over each piece of bread before baking.
- Turn the oven to 400F and bake for 15-25 minutes (this depends on your oven and the number of wolves you make – mine were ready in 15 minutes because I baked only two at a time). You will know they’re ready because of the golden brown color. Make sure to take them out of the oven if their feet and tails turn a darker shade of brown. Enjoy with your breakfast, midday coffee or save them for a long horse ride to the North.
Didn’t they turn so cute?? And they taste as good as anything you could get at a bakery.
Here are some comments I received after making this recipe:
Let me know if you make your own! Also, you can tag me on Instagram so I can see your pictures 🙂