London Fog Loaf
Updated: Oct 30, 2020
Easy recipe for a delicious loaf or a dozen cupcakes!
Named after the popular coffee shop latte comprised of vanilla syrup, earl grey tea, and your choice of milk, this loaf is simple to make, delicious to eat, and will give you a caffeine buzz that might tempt you to eat it for breakfast.
It is hard to believe that there was once a time in my life in which I did not rely heavily on the buzz of a hot cup of coffee. I wish I could say that I was the epitome of health and only drank green tea, but then if this blog was about health, you might not be reading this. No, I got through many of my early adult years depending on the comfort of a cup of earl grey tea with a healthy kick of sugar. Now, I am a coffee addict with a bulk supply of black tea that I never drink. Thus, my London Fog Loaf was created! I wanted to make a simple, easy (and, of course, vegan) dessert using ingredients I had laying around and this recipe did the trick.
Tessa and I brought this loaf to a lunch with our mom and one of our other sisters last week and on the way over, with this perfectly glazed and sweet smelling loaf sitting in the passenger’s seat next to me, I was stressed. Our mom has never been a picky eater, but you so much as offer her a cup of tea, she will recoil with disgust. Tessa and I really wanted to get the opinion of our family before sharing this recipe with you which meant facing the most critical judge: a tea hater.
She loved it. Thank god.
Even if tea is not on your usual grocery list, this recipe is worth buying a small box worth. The prep time is quick, and the bake time will leave your home smelling sweet and welcoming. We hope you enjoy this recipe and please leave comments, we would love to hear your thoughts!
This recipe is great converted into cupcakes!
The recipe makes 12 cupcakes and only takes 18 minutes for the cupcakes to bake: a perfect option if you are short on time!
Try the cupcakes with our Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting! This frosting is great for piping, holds it shape well, and is super simple to make.
London Fog Loaf
Yield: 1 loaf
Prep time: 15 minutes
Bake time: 50-55 minutes
Author: Kitchen Potatoes
· 2 cups all-purpose flour
· 1 tbsp baking powder
· ¼ tsp salt
· 1 cup vegan milk (I use unsweetened soy milk)
· 1 cup granulated sugar
· 1 tsp vanilla
· ¾ cup vegetable oil (or any other neutral tasting oil)
· 3 tbsp earl grey tea leaves, fine ground *
· 1 earl grey tea bag
· 3 tbsp hot water
· 1 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 350°F. Line loaf pan with parchment paper and spray with cooking spray.
If using a large leaf tea, pulse tea in a small food processor or spice grinder to achieve a finer texture (some tea brands already have a fine texture and may not need to be ground any further). If you do not have access to a small food processor or spice grinder, then you can mince the tea with a knife, but this will take additional time.
Combine all dry ingredients in a medium bowl.
Combine all wet ingredients in a large bowl.
Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until just combined, batter will be lumpy.
Pour batter into prepared loaf pan and bake for 50-55 minutes (to make cupcakes/ muffins line a muffin tin with cupcake liners for a dozen cupcakes, fill muffin tin and bake for approximately 18 minutes). Remove loaf from oven once a tester toothpick comes out of the center clean. Immediately after removing from the oven, place the loaf, while still in its loaf pan, on a cooling rack.
While loaf is baking, prepare tea for glaze:* pour hot water in a small glass cup or mug and add an earl grey tea bag. Cover and allow to steep for 15 minutes. Refrigerate the strong tea for approximately 30 minutes before using or until cold.
Once loaf has cooled slightly, remove loaf from pan and set on cooling rack while still in parchment paper. Pull the parchment paper away from the sides of the loaf and allow to cool completely.
Whisk powdered sugar with 3 tablespoons of steeped tea and pour glaze over cooled loaf. Wait approximately 10 minutes for the glaze to set.
Slice your London Fog Loaf and enjoy!
*See photo for how fine your tea leaves should be. If your tea leaves are coarse, see step 2.
* If you aren't in the mood for a glaze, try our Vegan Cream Cheese Frosting instead! This frosting pairs perfectly with the earl grey flavors and, if you are making the cupcakes, this frosting looks great piped on top.