Raspberry, orange and basil oil

Raspberry, orange and basil oil

Sticky Fingers Green Thumb
1 loaf
Tara Pearce, Tim Hillier

Pale green in appearance and with the lightest of crumbs, this loaf is modestly sweet and so moreish. The bolt of sharpness that comes from the raspberries is masked by a twist of orange and glugs of basil-flavoured olive oil.


Quantity Ingredient
15g basil leaves
100ml extra-virgin olive oil
150g unsalted butter
1 orange, zest
220g raw (demerara) sugar
3 eggs
25ml orange juice
100ml milk
300g plain (all-purpose) flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
salt, a pinch
185g fresh raspberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C. Lightly grease and line a 450 g loaf (bar) tin with baking paper.
  2. In a bowl, blitz together the basil and oil using a hand-held blender until smooth. Add the butter, orange zest and sugar and cream together for at least 6 minutes, or until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one by one, then gently fold in the orange juice, milk, flour, baking powder and salt to form a batter.
  3. Continuing to fold gently, drop the raspberries into the batter in small handfuls until evenly distributed (try not to break the raspberries up at this stage as the batter will turn a grey/purple colour rather than the vibrant pistachio green it should be).
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared tin and bake for 1 hour, or until a skewer inserted into the centre comes out clean. Remove from the oven and leave to cool slightly in the tin for 5 minutes, then carefully turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely.

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  • A tip for all the arachnophobes out there: try planting some basil around the entrance to your home. The scent of this herb is a big deterrent to eight-legged furry things, as well as mosquitoes. Win-win.
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