Lemon Verbena-Walnut Loaf Cake

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* 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


Preheat oven to 350°.

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.

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

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.

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.

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