One of the first things I thought of when thinking up of Game of Thrones food ideas was the lemon cakes that Sansa enjoys when she’s with her crazy Aunt (at least in the show). I was planning to make lemon cakes or tarts, but then I thought, why not a donut since I’m making some? This donut is the cousin to the orange-pistachio donut in that it’s very similar to make. I just basically changed a few of the ingredients in the glaze!
LEMON & EARL GREY TEA DONUTS
Donut recipe makes 12; glaze makes enough for 6 donuts
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ cups sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 egg, lightly beaten
- 1 ¼ cups whole milk
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1½ teaspoon orange zest
- 1/8 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
- 1 cup confectioners’ sugar
- 1/8 cup hot milk
- ¾ tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1 tablespoon lemon zest
- 1/8 cup brewed tea
- Grey sprinkles, for garnish (optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray your donut pan well. Ina uses two pans, but I only bought 1, so I just used it again after baking the first round.
- In a large bowl, sift together flour, sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, milk, melted butter, and vanilla. Stir in the wet ingredients with the dry until just combined.
- Spoon the batter into the baking pans until they’re about three quarters full.
- Bake for 12-17 minutes on the middle rack, or until toothpick comes out clean. My timing was in the middle range of that, so I would just start checking the oven once it gets close to the 12-14 minute mark.
- Allow the donuts to cool for 5 minutes, then gently tap out the donuts onto another pan, plate, paper towel, etc. I removed the donuts from the pan and allowed them to completely cool down on wire cooling racks.
- While the donuts are cooling, heat up the milk, sugar, lemon juice, tea, and zest until smooth. If it’s not thick enough to your liking, add 1 tablespoon of milk. Check to make sure it’s sweet and/or lemony enough to your liking.
- Dip the donuts face down into the glaze and place them on a cooling rack or sheet.
- Sprinkle with grey sprinkles (optional).
These turned out great! The lemon isn’t sour but it definitely shines through and you can taste the tea flavor as well. I originally had planned to add cardamom as well since it goes really well with tea, but I forgot. Oops. I don’t think really even needs the cardamom though. I seriously wish I made more of this and the orange-pistachio donuts because everything finished way too quickly.