Recipe 30 | Week 30: Medieval Lemon Cakes

Week 30 | Recipe 30: Medieval Lemon Cakes

So- we prepared a little too much for the season premier of the new Game of Thrones- I’m not ashamed at all, we showed up and totally brought our “A-game” for sure! We went to our friends house and had an amazing dinner with “pork knuckles” and finished off the evening with the episode- a few slept, and a few made side comments about some drama the ensued. There are no spoilers in this post, just sayin’.

Alright- these are a sweet and very lemony treat- as dessert or even a nice breakfast snack.

When life give you lemons, visit this site and enjoy…

Medieval Lemon Cakes

Prep time: 20 min.
Cook time: 15 min.
Total time: 35 min.

Serves: 6-8


  • 3 Tbs. butter, softened
  • 1/4 c. granulated sugar, heaping
  • 3 egg yolks
  • zest from one lemon
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda, dissolved in 1 tsp. of hot water
  • 1/4 tsp.  salt
  • 1/4 tsp. cloves
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1 + 1/4 c. sifted all-purpose flour
  • juice from one lemon
  • 1 Tbs. honey


  1. Cream together the butter & sugar until smooth; beat in the egg yolks. Blend in the dissolved baking soda, the zest, salt & rest of the spices. Stir in the flour and work until a ball of dough is formed. Knead gently until smooth, using more flour as needed {I did end up using quite a bit more}.
  2. Roll out the dough on a floured surface to a ¼ ” thickness. With a floured butter knife, cut the dough into small squares. Make decorative vent holes on the cakes by pricking with a fork, I went with a “fan” design- simply starting in the center of the cake and fanning around with light fork pricks. Then place them on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake in a preheated 300° F oven for 14-15 minutes until just done. Be sure that they do not brown on the bottom. While they are cooling, mix the lemon juice and honey together in a pan on the stove, over low heat.  Let cool slightly before brushing onto cakes, and store in an air-tight container. 

-I ate the dough by itself and it was DELICIOUS, as in I had a little extra left over and wanted to try it… yum.
-There is a lot of lemon here folks, it’s a great “zing” on the tongue, but be prepared.

Everyone loves a good kick of lemon- this is better than good- it’s awesome, just being honest.

Taste the wonderful!


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