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Lemon Verbena-Walnut Loaf Cake

Iain Bagwell; Melanie J. Clarke
Yield 12 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
If you can't find lemon verbena tea, use Lemon Zinger herbal tea.

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 4 lemon verbena tea bags
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (about 9 ounces)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • Cooking spray
  • Glaze:
  • 3/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Nutrition Information

  • calories 241
  • caloriesfromfat 30 %
  • fat 8 g
  • satfat 1 g
  • monofat 1.5 g
  • polyfat 5.1 g
  • protein 3.8 g
  • carbohydrate 39.5 g
  • fiber 1 g
  • cholesterol 0.0 mg
  • iron 1.3 mg
  • sodium 159 mg
  • calcium 37 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cake, pour 1/2 cup boiling water over tea bags in a bowl; steep 5 minutes. Remove and discard tea bags; cool tea to room temperature.

  3. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring with a whisk.

  4. Place egg whites in a large bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed until foamy. Add granulated sugar and brown sugar; beat well. Add brewed tea, applesauce, and canola oil; beat until well blended. Gradually add flour mixture; beat just until moist. Fold in walnuts. Pour batter into an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 15 minutes on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

  5. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and rind in a small bowl. Add juice, stirring with a whisk until smooth. Drizzle glaze over cake; let stand until set.