Game of Thrones – Lemon Cakes

Tom Colicchio’s Game of Thrones food truck delivered the flavours of Westeros as part of The Maester’s Path in the lead up to the HBO premier screening. The lemon cakes are mentioned throughout the books as being a much appreciated treat.

“Gods be true, Arya, sometimes you act like such a child,” Sansa said. “I’ll go by myself then. It will be ever so much nicer that way. Lady and I will eat all the lemon cakes and just have the best time without you.”
– A Game of Thrones

Lemon Cakes (Serves 6)

  • 1/2 cup sugar plus additional for dusting ramekins
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 3 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour
  • Pinch kosher salt (a variety of edible salt with a much larger grain size than common table salt)
  • 2/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • Finely chopped zest of 1 1/2 lemons

Heat the oven to 300 F (150 C).
Butter and lightly sugar 6 4-ounce (0.5 US cups) ramekins.
Beat the egg whites until they hold soft peaks then set them aside.
Sift the sugar with the flour and salt. In a mixer, using the whisk attachment, combine the buttermilk, lemon juice, egg yolks and lemon zest.
Gradually add the flour mixture then fold in the egg whites.
Divide the batter between the prepared ramekins.
Place the ramekins in a water bath (set the ramekins in a larger pan; “ll the pan with enough hot water to come half way up the ramekins) cover with aluminum foil.
Bake until the cakes rise – about 25 minutes then uncover and continue baking until the tops are lightly golden and the cakes spring back when touched, about 15 minutes more.
Unmold and serve.

Courtesy of Tom Colicchio [1]
From Craft of Cooking, Clarkson Potter, 2003

[1] Tom Colicchio’s recipe for lemon cakes – Making Game of Thrones (PDF) [HBO – Making Game of Thrones] (Local Copy: GameOfThrones_Lemon_Cakes )
[2] HBO’s Lemon Cakes (2011-Apr-17) [Learn2Cook]
[3] GAME OF THRONES: Taste of Westeros… On a Food Truck? (2011-Mar-29) [SciFi Mafia]

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One Response to Game of Thrones – Lemon Cakes

  1. For more food of Westeros;

    Welcome to The Inn at the Crossroads!

    We are two big fans of George R.R. Martin’s Song of Ice and Fire series. We are also fans of food. What, then, would be more natural than to combine them into one fabulous blog?

    In the coming months, we will be delving deep into the world of Westeros and far over the Narrow Sea to explore the mouthwatering cuisines favored by the fantastic cultures in the books. Where appropriate, some recipes will be two-fold: A modern recipe, and a traditional recipe more in keeping with the quasi-medieval world of the series.

    So loosen your belts, sharpen your knives, and whet your palate for the foods of Westeros…

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