If you look to cook and to bake, then of course every now and then you will love cooking and baking for a perfect summer picnic. It can however be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to what recipes you are making. A tried and tested favourite that has always been popular, is going to be far easier to prepare than a new recipe that you have never tried before. However, you don’t always have to go super fancy when it comes to cooking and baking for a picnic with an eye to rapturous success. Sometimes it’s the simplest recipes but done to the highest standard of perfection that create the biggest wow factors. Here are some easy picnic recipe ideas that you can try out to impress your friends and family.
First up is the humble Victoria sponge. Now you may think that this is an absolute snooze-fest and that nobody is going to be excited by this. However, don’t dismiss it quite yet. Since it is so simple, you can easily adapt it to gluten-free and sugar-free requirements, and at a pinch you could even make it vegan too. For a slight and airy summery cake, I recommend that you actually make fatless sponges without the heavy and stodgy butter, since with the jam, you don’t really need it. To avoid the fatless sponge from being too dry, slather on the strawberry jam (preferably home-made of course but if you’re being practical, a jar of Bonne Maman will do just fine) then pile on some fresh strawberries that have been thinly sliced on top of the jam for an extra fruity flavour, before layering the other sponge on top. Dust slightly with icing sugar and serve with whipped cream if you’re skipping the diet! It is a quintessentially cake that goes hand and hand with a picnic.
Another old-fashioned favourite when it comes to picnics are deliciously refreshing cucumber sandwiches. The secret to these is to make sure you use only the softest and most thinly sliced white bread that you can find, cutting the crusts off and lightly buttering it. The cucumber slices should also be as fine as you can cut them – make sure that the cucumber itself is young and fresh for the most delicate flavours. Cut the cucumber sandwiches into dainty sandwiches and enjoy! To ensure that the sandwiches don’t curl and stay fresh, wrap them in a very lightly dampened tea towel before popping them in a Tupperware tub. Incidentally, you can also make cress sandwiches this way.
Finally for something with a bit more bite that definitely does not hail from our shores, why not make your own hummus? All that is required is vegetable oil, tahini, chick peas, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Whizz the ingredients altogether in a blender (or a handheld one will do), and voila, you will have some delicious home-made hummus. Cut up some veggies like carrots and celery to dip and you have a delicious picnic ready dish that only takes minutes to prepare!