Fictional Food: Tesserae Bread from District 12

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Description: District 12 was one of the poorest districts in Panem. Because of this, the residents most likely used very basic ingredients when it came to cooking and baking. In the seam, where resources were spare, if people could afford to make bread it would most likely be very dense and flat.


2 cups of barley or wheat flour (Tesserae grain is described as a darker grain in the book)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

3/4 cup of warm water

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tbsp milk (cow milk is fine but for authenticity you could use goat milk)


1.) Preheat oven to 400 degrees F

2.) Lightly oil a baking sheet and set aside

3.) Stir the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) in a bowl.

4.) In a blender, mix the wet ingredients (water, olive oil, milk)

5.) Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture and mix with a wooden or plastic spoon until it’s doughy.

6.)  On a floured cutting board or table, using a rolling pin or your hands, shape the dough into a flat, round circle about ½-inch thick.

7.) Place it on the baking sheet, lightly cut a cross into the top with a wet knife and put into the oven.

8.) Bake for 15-25 minutes or until golden.

My favorite way of eating it is to spread some of Prim’s goat cheese and basil with a drizzle of honey.

Source: The Unofficial Recipes of The Hunger Games


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