I love it when you get to eat a whole loaf to yourself.
Little Chocolate and Hazelnut Loaves
adapted from here
1 cup ground hazelnuts
1 2/3 cup icing sugar, sifted
1/2 cup plain flour, sifted
1/2 cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 teaspoons instant espresso powder (or a teaspoon of instant espresso coffee granules dissolved in 1 teaspoon boiling water and cooled)
Pinch of salt
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
5 egg whites
140g unsalted butter, melted
200g dark chocolate, chopped
2 tablespoons roughly chopped hazelnuts, for sprinkling
Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Spray a mini loaf pan with cooking oil spray. Set aside.
Put the ground hazelnuts, icing sugar, flour, cocoa powder, coffee and salt into a large mixing bowl and stir to combine.
Add the egg whites and stir until they are fully incorporated.
Add the butter and stir until just combined.
Spoon the batter into the prepared tin, sprinkle with chopped hazelnuts and bake for about 25 minutes, or until a skewer inserted into the middle of one comes out clean.
Transfer onto a wire rack to cool completely.