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National Picnic Week

Sat 19th - Sun 27th June is National Picnic Week, but what do you really know about picnics?


Did you know that picnics originated from France and didn’t become popular in the UK until the mid 1800s. Enjoyed mainly by the middle class who were inspired to escape the formality of the dining room and move meals outside.


Today, one of the best things during the summer is being able to enjoy a lovely picnic outside in the park with friends and family. Who doesn’t love a picnic, in fact in the UK the average person picnics 3 times a year, that’s 97million picnics in total!


A typical picnic will include sandwiches, scotch egg, crisps, cheese, fruit, potato salad, but a picnic is not complete without the classic sausage roll; why not try and make our sausage roll recipe for your next picnic.





GEC CLASSIC SAUSAGE ROLL


INGREDIENTS

300g Puff Pastry Sheet

1 tbsp Dijon Mustard

500g Sausage Meat

1 tbsp Pumpkin Seeds

1 Egg


METHOD

1. Preheat oven to 180c

2. Lay puff pastry on the table on top of baking parchment. Using a palatte knife, spread a line

of mustard close to the bottom edge of the pastry from one side to the other

3. Shape the sausage meat along the pastry on top of the mustard

4. Beat the egg to create an egg wash and brush the top edge of the pastry

5. Using parchment paper, lift the pastry over and roll the meat inside. When completely rolled, make sure the seam is on the bottom

6. Egg wash the entire sausage roll then sprinkle with pumpkin seeds

7. Trim the ends of the roll, then cut into 5

8. Chill for 30 minutes, then bake at 180c for approximately 25-30 minutes