Making Rey’s Portion Bread From ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’

by Tom Fassbender

I’m not sure where I went wrong, but my kids don’t really like Star Wars. Even so, one of their favorite scenes in Star Wars: The Force Awakens is when Rey traded some salvage to Unkar Plutt in exchange for a bit of polystarch which she takes home, combines with water, stirs, and in a few seconds turns into a nice little loaf of bread.

So naturally, we were delighted when we stumbled across a recipe for Rey’s Jakku Portion Bread over on

The recipe calls for just a few ingredients — most of which you probably already have in your cupboard (with the possible exception of matcha) — and it takes less than a minute to cook up a portion. Here’s the recipe:


  • 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons cake flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tablespoons whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Place the oil in a mug and swirl around to grease the inside.
  2. Add the cake flour, sugar, matcha powder, baking powder, and salt into the mug, stirring together.
  3. Pour in the milk and vanilla, then cook in the microwave on high for 45 seconds.
  4. Let cool slightly and serve.

And while this recipe doesn’t have the instant-rise capability of the movie version (which was done entirely with practical effects), the 45-second cooking time makes it seem pretty close to instant.

In the same article linked above, Chris Corbould, special effects supervisor for The Force Awakens, said that the film version “probably tasted terrible,” and “you wouldn’t want to eat it.” But there’s enough sugar and matcha in this microwaved concoction that we found it to be a nice treat, even if it was a little on the chewy side.

Check out the full write-up of this recipe by Jenn Fujikawa over on

Tom Fassbender

Tom Fassbender recently completed a year-long trip around the world with his wife and two daughters. When he’s not scouring the Internet for weird stuff, reading a book, or leading a group of 7th graders through a game of Pathfinder, he’s riding a plane, train, boat, or automobile somewhere in the world. He writes about adventure and coffee at Fordsbasement and is also the author of the retro-noir mystery By the Balls: The Complete Collection.

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