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by Alan Kistler (by Adams Media, 2012)

For some reason, I seem to be surrounded by Game of Throne nuts and although I have not ventured into that land, I have, of course, acquired the (unauthorised) cookbook. I would prefer to be giving you authorised recipes, but I am anyway offering the below more in the spirit of amusement than instruction.

Arya's Lemon Cakes

Despite her youth, Arya is one of the most strong-willed characters when we first meet her.  But as her sister Sansa is aware, the youngest Stark girl does have one weakness: lemon cakes. Just a mention of them can distract the free-spirited Arya from her impulse to defy orders and conventions- if only for a few moments. To Arya, the cakes represent happy times at home, something worth selling street-caught pigeons for when times are tough. 



  • 1½ cups warm milk
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1¾ teaspoons active dry yeast (1 package)
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ teaspoon lemon verbena oil or lemon extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons dried lemon verbena, crushed



  1. In a large bowl, mix milk, sugar, and yeast. Set aside for about 10 minutes, until foamy.
  2. Mix in egg, lemon verbena oil, 1 tablespoon of the butter, salt, flour, and dried lemon verbena.  Beat together 5 minutes until a smooth dough is formed.
  3. Cover with plastic wrap and rise in a warm spot for about 1½ hours (until doubled in volume).
  4. Heat griddle over high heat. Test by sprinkling on a little water.  If griddle sizzles and water evaporates, it's ready.
  5. Lower heat to medium-low. Melt remaining tablespoon of butter on the griddle. Place muffin rings on griddle and fill halfway with batter. Cover loosely with foil and cook until cakes are browned on the bottom, about 5 minutes.
  6. Using spatula or tongs, flip over each small cake and ring. Cover and cook another 5 minutes. Serve warm.