Sansa’s Lemon & Earl Gray Donuts

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!


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)


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Spoon the batter into the baking pans until they’re about three quarters full.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Dip the donuts face down into the glaze and place them on a cooling rack or sheet.
  8. 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.


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