Over the last couple of weeks here in Somerset the weather has been rather rubbish! So, when the rather superb people at Vita Coco Kids sent us a cool picnic hamper, we weren’t quite sure what to do about a picnic. But then we had an idea. What better place than our own front room?!
Our lounge is the place where we have made lots of happy memories and, although it isn’t a public space, it is ours. Somewhere we all feel close.
We had enough space inside to blow up some balloons and spread the picnic blanket across our coffee table. We still had the previous week’s Doctor Who to watch so our entertainment was all lined up. Next on the agenda was the food prep.
Grace had been learning at school all about bread in time for their Harvest Festival service and had even had a go at making some. She had brought home the recipe so she was keen to show off her skills at home. As we already had the ingredients, we agreed that she could make some for our picnic with my help.
Grace started by putting all her ingredients together and mixing it to form her dough. We left it to prove for an hour whilst we prepped the rest of the food for our picnic. We put the sausages in the oven, cut up the pork pies and laid out the picnic table.
Once the dough had proved, Grace I dug in with some kneading and then put the bread in the oven to cook for around
Here is her recipe for Sunflower Seed Bread.
- 500g strong white flour, plus extra for dusting
- 2 tsp salt
- 7g sachet of fast-action yeast
- 3 tbsp olive oil
- 300ml water
- 1 cup sunflower seeds
- First, mix the flour, salt, sunflower seeds and yeast in a large bowl.
- Make a well in the centre and add the oil and water.
- Mix well before kneading on a lightly floured work surface until the dough is smooth.
- Lightly oil a bowl and place the dough inside. Leave to rise until double in size (around an hour).
- Line a baking tray with baking paper.
- One the dough has proved then knead it again and form it into a ball.
- Put the oven on to 220 degrees.
- Dust the loaf with flour and put a cross on the top around 6cm long with a sharp knife.
- Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped underneath.
- Cool on a wire rack then serve.
- Note: You can freeze if you would like.
Vita Coco Kids drinks come in Apple and Blackcurrant and Mango and Pineapple flavours. I have written before about the nutritional values but I have to say that this drink has become a firm favourite in our house. Grace regularly drinks it and takes a carton in her lunch box and I am more than happy to encourage this.
As for the food, as you can see one of us couldn’t wait to tuck in!
This is our entry into the Vita Coco Kids #Vitapicnics Picnic Challenge. We were sent the hamper full of lovely goodies, however, all words, images and opinions are our own and have not been influenced in any way.