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Eat the spiced sandworm from 'Dune'

He or she who controls the Spice, controls the universe -- or at least brunch. Salivate over this spiced sandworm bread inspired by David Lynch's film of the beloved sci-fi novel "Dune."

This spiced sandworm is harmless, unless you're on a diet.

Chris-Rachael Oseland

Anyone can make a coffee cake or simple cinnamon rolls, but why would you do that when you can make a spice-filled sandworm bread dessert inspired by David Lynch's 1984 unique sci-fi film "Dune"?

While most of us would rather not eat the kind of giant sandworm that can grow to be 1,300 feet (400 meters) long and 130 feet (40 meters) in diameter in Frank Herbert's fictitious universe, we might be tempted to devour this much smaller version of the creature, recreated in bread form by Kitchen Overlord blogger Chris-Rachael Oseland.

This "Dune" spice sandworm bread is made using brown sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, eggs, butter, salt and bread flour. It's the spice filling, however, made of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, butter, raisins and almonds that really makes this sandworm worth chomping on.

Just like in Lynch's visually arresting movie, this sandworm also needs a horrifying number of crystalline teeth, or in this case pointy gnashers made from slivered almonds pressed into the bread dough.

"The last time I made a sandworm, I tried neatly pressing the almonds into a straight line of teeth," Oseland wrote on her blog. "It wasn't awful, but...that worm looked more like it should be terrorizing a town in 'Tremors' instead of riding majestically across the desert.

"The problem was when the dough rose, it pushed all the teeth outwards and upwards," Oseland added. "I learned from that mistake. This time, I spiked the first inch or so of my sandworm's mouth with almonds pointing up, but angled ever so slightly outwards."

Oseland includes other handy tips in her recipe including rolling the dough loosely in the shape of the sandworm and adding a ball of aluminum foil into one end of the worm's cone shape so that its mouth has "an intimidatingly toothy gape after being baked."

In addition to this bread recipe, Oseland has even more ideas for "Dune" edibles on her blog including spice-stuffed squash sandworms, easy sandworm wellington, sandworm spice cookies, and Muad'Dip (nice!) sandworm crudite.