PERFECT PICNIC LOAF AND GREAT FOR CANAPES TOO
This recipe is like one of those pleasingly handy reversible skirt – two outfits for the price of one! (White Stuff, since you’re asking). I devised this recipe as a deeply savoury portable loaf to be taken on a picnic. Whilst I was planning a Hen Party canape workshop at The Medicine Garden in Cobham, I realised that the texture was perfect for a canape base, so I made a loaf to take along and we cut it into cute little heart shapes and topped them with goat’s cheese and baby leaves. Looks fresh and summery – perfect hen or wedding party food, or even just for fun at any time.
Leek and Red Pepper Picnic Loaf Recipe
This makes enough mixture to fill a 1lb loaf tin and will feed up 8-10
- 2 medium leeks (150-200g)
- 1 small red pepper
- 2 Tbs olive oil
- 3medium eggs, beaten
- milk 75ml
- 110g plain whole wheat flour
- ½ teaspoon of smoked paprika
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 100g goats cheese or 100g grated cheddar
- 50g Parmesan
- salt and pepper
For the canapes you will need a small tub of creme fraiche or fresh goat’s cheese with some chopped herbs or micro leaves
- Preheat the oven to 180’C or equivalent.
- Trim ends and tops of the leeks, cut in half lengthwise and slice the leeks thinly. Give them a good wash in running water.
- Cut the pepper into small even size dice shapes
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan and soften the leek and red pepper for 7-10 minutes, stirring to prevent them sticking.
- Mix the eggs and milk with the flour, smoked paprika and baking powder.
- Remove the leeks and red pepper from the heat and allow to cool slightly.
- Mix the flour and egg mixture with the leeks and red pepper and add the Parmesan and goat’s cheese.
- Add salt and pepper and turn the mixture into the prepared loaf tin.
- Transfer to the oven to cook for 25-30 minutes.
- Leave to cool before eating, and wrap in greaseproof paper and a clean tea towel if taking on a picnic, along with a small chopping board and knife.
If using as a canape base, leave to cool and cut out shapes when required. This size loaf will yield two small heart shapes per slice, giving you around 18-20 little heart shapes. Top these with the creme fraiche or goat’s cheese and decorate with herbs or leaves.