As the weather gets warmer and the days longer, customers start opting to enjoy their meals outside in the sunshine as picnic season gets into full swing. The Summer period is a key time for bakers to produce delicious take away goods for those hungry customers hoping to enjoy a fuss free picnic.
Picnics have been a British Summer time staple for decades, but for many of your customers, they may be looking for something a little more unusual than traditional sandwiches and sausage rolls. With 23rd April marking National Picnic day, the team at BAKO_NW thought we would help you take advantage of a key opportunity to tap into this seasonal trend and try out some alternative picnic options that you can add to your menu.
Falafel Scotch egg
Scotch eggs are a classic picnic-friendly treat, usually consisting of a hardboiled egg, encased in sausage meat, coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried. But why not offer an option with a Middle Eastern twist for vegetarian customers? Falafel Scotch eggs are full of flavour – replacing the sausage casing with finely grinded chickpeas and herbs offers an irresistible texture rivalling the classic Scotch egg.
Chorizo Sausage Rolls
Is a picnic really a picnic without sausage rolls? Buttery puff pastry and savoury sausage meat make a winning combination in this ready-to-go snack. But if your customers are looking to feel like they’re in sunny Spain whilst enjoying their picnic, replacing plain sausage with a spicy chorizo alternative could make this the perfect Mediterranean addition to your menu.
Another delicious way of revamping a classic treat is to create a ‘mash up’ of two cuisines. The humble Northern pasty can become the star of the show when filled with smoky Texas BBQ pulled pork. Tender, slow cooked pork in a sweet and smoky BBQ sauce encased in a buttery pastry case is sure to prove the perfect picnic indulgence.
Sandwiches are perhaps the most classic picnic dish of them all. With plenty of fillings and breads to choose from, there really is a sandwich for everyone. But why not upgrade your customer’s sandwiches by creating a tasty picnic loaf? A loaf of bread can be hollowed and packed with a variety of fillings from roasted vegetables to a generous stuffing of ham and cheese.
If your customers are looking for a touch of spice in their picnics, why not combine spicy onion bhajis with another picnic staple, the frittata. Ideal for picnics, this dish even benefits from being served cold as the spices infuse into the potato and onion. Simply combine caramelised onion, grated potato and curry powder to beaten eggs and bake for a delicious picnic treat.
The team at BAKO North Western think picnic season is the perfect opportunity for your business to get experimental with your baked goods. But for those of you with less time on your hands, BAKO stock a delicious range of pies, pasties and sausage rolls, perfect for picnics.
Don’t hesitate to let us know how you’ll be celebrating National Picnic day by sharing your picnic creations with us on Twitter.