With a bit of luck and fingers firmly crossed, picnic weather is just around the corner – or somewhere on the distant horizon, at least! Even if the opportunity to pack a picnic and head outside is not yet upon us, it’s good to have some ideas in the bag for alfresco dining opportunities whenever they arise. Introducing the picnic loaf…ideal for sharing and perfectly portable too.
This picnic loaf is one you’ll want to have in your repertoire; the term crowd pleaser could have been created for it. A take on the traditional southern French filled sandwich Pan Bagat, filled to the gunnels with all manner of good things and left to rest overnight for the flavours to work together. Ideal for sharing (it’s huge!) and perfectly portable too. It’s worth planning a gathering for a slice alone.
1 large round sturdy loaf
1 aubergine, sliced thinly lengthways
2 courgettes, sliced thinly lengthways
2 red peppers, 2 yellow peppers, sliced
200g mozzarella cheese, drained and sliced
1 small jar of pesto
Handful each of olives and sundried tomatoes
Small bunch of fresh basil
1 clove garlic
Good glug of olive oil
Salt and pepper