- 2 cups hazelnuts
- 1 1/3 cups finely ground chocolate wafer cookies
- ½ tsp instant espresso powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 10 Tbsp (1 ¼ sticks) unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
- ½ cup Kahlua
- ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 tsp instant espresso powder
- Pinch of salt
- 4 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
- 4 Tbsp unsalted butter
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 6 Tbsp sugar
Preheat oven to 375 F. Toast hazelnuts in oven on a rimmed baking sheet until skins split and flesh turns deep golden brown, 10 to 12 minutes. When cool enough to handle, rub nuts in a clean kitchen towel to remove skins (some will remain). Let cool completely. Finely grind in a food processor. Reduce oven temperature to 325 F. Stir together nuts, cookie crumbs, espresso powder, salt, and butter. Press onto bottom and up sides of an 11-inch round tart pan with removable bottom refrigerate until firm, about 30 minutes. Bake tart shell on a baking sheet until firm to the touch, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely on a wire rack.
Whisk liqueur, cocoa, egg yolks, espresso powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Melt chocolate and butte in a heatproof bowl set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk in liqueur mixture. Cook, whisking, until mixture is thickened and registers 160 F on an instant-read thermometer. Let cool completely. Beat cream just to stiff peaks; set aside. Whisk egg whites and sugar in the heatproof bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Cook, whisking, until sugar is dissolved and mixture registers 140 F on thermometer. Fit mixer with the whisk attachment; transfer bowl with meringue to mixer. Starting on medium speed and gradually increasing to high, beat meringue until shiny and cool. Using a rubber spatula, fold chocolate mixture and then whipped cream into meringue. Spread in tart shell. Refrigerate until set, about 1 hour.