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Mocha Yogurt Loaf

A mocha flavored loaf with pecans.

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour

2 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 egg whites, room temperature

1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup sugar

1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temperature

2 egg yolks

2 tablespoons instant coffee granules

2/3 cup plain yogurt

1/4 cup strong coffee

2/3 cup finely chopped pecans

Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan and line with waxed paper.

2. Sift flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a medium bowl and set aside. Beat egg whites in the large bowl of a mixer at medium speed until foamy. Blend in cream of tartar. Gradually add 1/4 cup sugar, beating until the whites are stiff and glossy. Transfer to another bowl and set aside.

3. Combine 3/4 cup sugar, butter, yolks and instant coffee in the large bowl of a mixer and beat at medium speed until light and fluffy. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture, yogurt and coffee alternately to the egg mixture, beating after each addition just until blended. Stir in 1/3 of the beaten egg whites. Fold in the remaining whites. Fold in pecans.

4. Transfer the batter to a prepared pan, smoothing the top. Bake until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean, about 1 hour. Let cool in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Remove the loaf from the pan and discard the wax paper. Let cool completely on the rack before serving.