We may not always have the best weather, but that won’t stop us having a great picnic! The best picnics are those that can be enjoyed by everyone and don’t produce much mess, so here are a few suggestions to inspire you!
Cold pizza is delicious, but it does have a tendency to go all over your fingers! To make pizza pops, cut circles out of pre-made pizza dough and push lollipop sticks about half-way in. Spread on some tomato puree or pizza sauce and add cheese and toppings – make sure you don’t add too much or they will just fall to pieces! Bake for around 10 minutes in a hot oven, until the edges are golden and the bases are crispy.
These are really quite fancy and grown-up. Take some breadcrumbs and mix them with a little parmesan cheese and whatever herbs and seasoning you want. Put some flour in a bowl, and two beaten eggs in another. Dip some shop-bought ravioli into the flour, then the egg, then the breadcrumbs. Push three ravioli onto each wooden skewer.
To cook, heat a pan of oil on a fairly high heat on the hob. Put two skewers a time into the pan and cook for about four minutes, until golden and bubbly. Take the skewers out and pat down the ravioli with a paper towel.
It’s all very well getting your five-a-day, but every picnic needs some sugary treats! A cake pop is a decorated ball of cake on a stick, as if it was a lollipop, and they’re really fun to make and eat! You could get your children to help make them, if you like.
To make cake pops, bake or buy a sponge of whatever flavour you like and crumble it up. Mix it with some thick but runny icing, to form a sort of dough. Roll the dough into balls and freeze them for about 10 minutes. Insert sticks into the balls, then dip them into melted chocolate. You can decorate them however you want, so have fun!
Why bother will all the faff when you can just put everything on one stick? Get a skewer and pop a couple of pieces of fruit on it, followed by a piece of bread, perhaps some cooked meat, a cherry tomato and a piece of cheese to top it off. It’s a novel way to eat a meal!
Caramel Apple Pops.
These make a sweet and refreshing dessert. To make, cut a hole in the top of some apples and insert wooden lolly sticks. Make sure you scrub and dry the apples well, beforehand, to make sure the caramel doesn’t run off. Melt a packet of caramels in a saucepan and dip the apples in them. Place the apples on some greaseproof paper and leave to set in the fridge.
Melt some white chocolate and dip the refrigerated apples in it, then sprinkle some cinnamon sugar over them and leave to set again. Make sure you don’t leave them in the sun for too long, they will melt!
Even with the easy-to-handle sticks, there are still bound to be some crumbs, and if you’re on grass you won’t want wildlife crawling around on your food, so make sure you lay a couple of table cloths down before you dig in! If you’ve got a great idea for a yummy picnic treat, why not leave a comment?