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5 summer essentials for the perfect British picnic

August 10, 2017

The classic British picnic… what better way is there to enjoy a sunny weekend’s afternoon than enjoying food and the countryside with family and friends? So, when you’re preparing for your big day out, what types of food do you tend to go for? Finger foods and refreshing summer flavours are usually the order of the day, so we’ve pulled together a few essential recipes to ensure you’re fully prepared when the time comes!

  1. Quiche Lorraine

An absolute all-time favourite, especially for a sun-drenched summer’s day, quiche is a delightful option. For a lovely homemade version, simply beat eggs, cream and milk together with cheese and nutmeg, then add some cooked bacon before pouring the mixture into a baked pastry case and cooking for around 40 minutes until the filling is set, puffed and golden. Delicious!

  1. Pork pies

Not many foods scream summer picnic like a mini pork pie, served with a tangy chutney. To rustle up your own, line the holes of a muffin tin with hot water crust pastry, then it’s time to add the filling. For the filling, try combining lean pork mince, with a finely chopped onion, nutmeg, mustard powder and Worcestershire sauce. Then it’s time to place pastry lids over the pies and brush with beaten egg before baking.

  1. Mini sausage rolls

Always a great party food option, mini sausage rolls are easy to prepare in advance and are so much tastier than their shop-bought counterparts. For the meat filling, add garlic, parsley and sausage meat to a food blender, then season. Then you just need to wrap the meat in ready-rolled puff pastry and you’re ready to bake. Take a look at this recipe for some tips on the pastry.

  1. Classic scones

Once you’ve filled up with savoury bites, you’ll want a sweet treat to finish up your feast and light, crumbly scones tick all the picnic boxes. Mix flour, salt and baking powder, then add butter and rub until the mixture looks like fine crumbs. Add vanilla and lemon juice to lightly warmed milk, then add to the dry mix. Then it’s time to work the dough, cut into shapes and bake for 10 minutes. Make sure you pack some strawberries, jam and clotted cream to fully complement your perfectly baked scones.

  1. Elderflower, mint and lime cooler

Picnicking is thirsty work, especially when you’re enjoying the (hopefully) glorious British sunshine. You’ll need a tasty drink to keep you cool and refreshed, so try preparing an elderflower, mint and lime cooler to add the final touches to your picnic feast. All you need is some elderflower cordial, fresh lime, mint sprigs and some soda water along with a few ice cubes. If you’re feeling like you fancy an extra kick, gin is the perfect addition to this fresh combination!

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