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National Picnic Week (11th-19th June)

Us Brits love a picnic on those rare days when we see the sun. Whether you’ve travelled to the beach, a local park or even just your garden, there’s something wonderful about coming together and sharing some quality time with family and friends. To celebrate National Picnic Week, we thought it would be great to share some tasty treats that you might want to include in your basket this summer. Its always nice to change things up and get creative to impress your loved ones. The ideal picnic food is easy to transport, not too messy to eat and most importantly, delicious. Here at Bakes HQ we’ve been searching for our favourite ideas from around the web which we would pack into our baskets. Jamie Oliver’s Picnic Pie looks insane. Its filled with fresh vegetables, herbs and lots of ricotta cheese. You could wrap the whole pie up in tinfoil and take a knife with you to slice it up at your chosen picnic spot. It may take a while to make but I’m sure you’ll agree it definitely looks worth it. Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 10.20.14 Credit - Sausage rolls, in my opinion, are an essential picnic food. They are the perfect finger food which can be made with so many different fillings. These Chorizo and Apple Sausage Rolls from Good Food caught my eye because I love the flavour combination, with a bit of heat coming from the chorizo and some sweetness from the apple. Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 10.24.39 Credit - All picnics need a good sandwich but often all your fillings have fallen out and the breads gone soggy by the time you arrive. However, there seems to be a very clever solution…The Picnic Loaf! Buy a crusty round loaf, slice the top quarter off, scoop out some of the bread inside and replace with your favourite fillings. Simply put the top back on and transport like this. Slice up when you're all set up at your picnic. Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 10.29.30 Credit - Some people like a little salad in their picnics. This idea of using individual plastic cups to pot them up before you set off is great. Everyone gets their own pot and there’s no dishing up when you get there. You could fill them with whatever you fancy or even use this idea for fruit salads. Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 10.38.52 Credit - We need food to nibble on in our picnics, whether its for you to have whilst your getting everything ready or to keep the kids occupied whilst your setting it out. Cheese straws are a great choice and I’ve found some that have been taken to the next level with the addition of bacon. Make the cheese straws as normal but before baking, wrap a strip of bacon around them. Picture1 Credit - No picnic would be complete without something sweet for dessert. Using small jam jars seems to be a popular way to carry individual puds at the moment. You could make some little cheesecakes or maybe jelly for the kids and add a little Pimms for the adults. Screen Shot 2016-06-15 at 11.25.25 Credit - Some form of cake is always needed. This could be for a late afternoon treat when you’ve sourced a cup of tea from somewhere. A loaf cake is a great option as it can be wrapped up whole and sliced when needed. I think something fruity always goes down a treat as all the flavours packed inside the cake its pretty much mess free. This Coconut and Raspberry Loaf looks perfect. Picture1 Credit - It may not be quite picnic weather this week but I'm sure we're bound to have a few sunny days in the not too distant future. Do you have any specialities you make to pack in your picnic? Let us know by commenting below or tagging us in your creations using @bakesbox or #bakesbox.

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