The golden crumb
Chocolate, olive oil and rosemary loaf
Prep 15 min
Cook 40 min
Makes 1kg loaf
300g light spelt or plain flour
125g golden caster or light muscovado sugar 1½ tsp baking powder
1 good pinch sea salt 3 medium eggs 250ml olive oil 150ml milk
(whole dairy milk or whatever alternative you choose)
2 sprigs rosemary, needles only, finely chopped
150g dark chocolate (70% cacao), chopped into 1cm pieces
2 tbsp demerara sugar
You can use a standard olive oil here; it doesn’t need to be extra virgin. It pairs wonderfully with rosemary, but I have also made this by nestling a few bay leaves in the top of the batter instead. You could also replace the rosemary with orange zest or the seeds from a vanilla pod.
Heat the oven to 180C/350F/gas 4. Oil and line a 1kg loaf tin. Put the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt into a large bowl and use a whisk to mix together, making sure there are no lumps of baking powder.
In another large bowl, whisk the eggs, then add the olive oil, milk and rosemary and mix. Now fold the olive oil mixture into the dry ingredients, gently mixing until just combined, but no more: for a light cake, don’t overmix.
Stir in most of the chocolate, saving a little for the top. Pour the mixture into the tin and smooth the top. Scatter the rest of the chocolate on top, pushing the pieces down into the mixture a little so they are half covered, then scatter over the demerara sugar for a crunchy top.
Bake for about 40 minutes, or until it is golden brown and a skewer comes out clean.