'Game of Thones' Direwolf bread -- how to bake it
Re-create Hot Pie's iconic farewell gift to Arya in honor of your favorite show, Game of Thrones. Be sure to print our wolf template on an 11x17" sheet.
SERVINGS: MAKES 1 LARGE OR 2 SMALL LOAVES
1 cup all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup rye or whole wheat flour
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
½ teaspoon baking soda
4 tablespoons (½ stick) unsalted butter, cut into pieces, room temperature, plus more,
melted, for brushing
1 cup dark Belgian ale (such as St Bernadetus quadruple ABT 12)
1 cup buttermilk
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
Black or white flaky sea salt
1 pink peppercorn (optional)
Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly dust a parchment-lined baking sheet with all-purpose flour.
Whisk whole wheat flour, rye flour, brown sugar, baking powder, kosher salt, baking soda, and 1 cup all-purpose flour in a large bowl, breaking up brown sugar lumps with your fingers, until combined. Work in 4 Tbsp. butter with your fingers until peasize pieces remain. Make a well in the center and add beer, buttermilk, and lemon juice. Mix with a wooden spoon until a sticky dough forms and no streaks of flour remain.
If using the wolf template, cut it out. Transfer dough to prepared pan. Using wet hands, pat dough to a 15x9" oval, making sure dough is smooth and an even thickness. Lightly spray back of template with nonstick spray and lightly dust with allpurpose flour. Place template, floured side down, over dough. Using a sharp paring knife, trace template with an up and down sawing motion, cleaning knife frequently with warm water to get a smoother cut. Gather scraps and pat into a small oval; transfer oval to another parchment-lined baking sheet.
Brush loaves with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. Press 1 pink peppercorn into wolf dough (this will be the eye). Bake loaves, rotating sheets halfway through, until golden brown, 55–70 minutes. Let cool on sheets.
If making a standard loaf, transfer dough to prepared pan. Using wet hands, pat dough to a 14x5" rectangle, making sure dough is smooth and an even thickness. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with sea salt. Bake until golden brown, 55–70 minutes. Let cool in pan.
Watch below for the iconic 'pigeon pie,' also from HBO's hit show!