Child-friendly Picnic Ideas from Luxury Family Hotels
Here at Luxury Family Hotels, we love a good picnic and are always happy to whip up take-out lunches for our guests on request – see our blog on the best picnic sites handy for our properties.
If you’re making your own picnic this summer, our top tips are to keep it relatively simple and to get the kids involved in the planning and preparation. And avoid anything too messy or perhaps anything that needs plates – hand-held and portable should be your watchwords here!
• Pitta pockets filled with chicken or falafel plus vegetable crudités
• Sweet or savoury muffins – see our recipe below
• Sandwiches made with ciabatta or wraps
• Tortilla wedges
• Chicken skewers
• Sausage rolls
• Scotch eggs
• Rocky Road or other bars that are simple to portion out and pack up.
• Fruit loaf
Savoury Muffins With Cheese, Bacon and Chives
4 thick slices of bacon
2 tbsp butter
A handful of fresh chives, finely chopped
2 cups plain flour
2 tsp baking powder
1⁄2 tbsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
100g grated Cheddar
Crisp the bacon in a pan, leave it to cool and then crumble it up. Preheat the oven to 175°C and oil a muffin tin.
Melt the butter over medium heat then remove and add the chives. Leave to cool to room temperature.
Whisk together the eggs and milk, then add the butter and chives, the cheese and the bacon.
In another bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar, then stir it into the egg mixture.
Spoon the mixture into the muffin tin, filling each hole to about two-thirds, and bake for 20–25 minutes, until the tops are just beginning to brown.
Remove from tin and leave to cool on a wire rack.
Read more about food and drink at Luxury Family Hotels.
Image: picnic on the lawn at the The Ickworth Hotel, Suffolk.