Picnic Scone

Hello my dears, this message was written on Saturday but weekend frolicking delayed its publication. Ah well, you know me by now!

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This beautiful sky was a welcome start to the weekend. It may not have lasted long but it put a spring in my step and a smile on my face.

Indeed, I have been shrouded in feeling of cheerful contentment all day as it has been a pretty perfect Saturday. Hubby was not working so this was time and included a highly enjoyable trip to the Heritage Motor Centre in Gaydon.

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Everytime we have passed the sign on the M40, hubby has always mentioned how much he wanted to visit. As I had finally got round to ordering the Tesco tokens we were able to make his wish come true!

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The museum is a vast, circular building that houses row upon row of sparkling cars from motoring’s 120 year history.

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Hubby was in his element, exclaiming with delight as he peered through the windows and admired various wing mirrors and other such things. I prefered looking at all of the pretty colours and reading about the history of motoring and the motor industry.

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I did feel that the collection would benefit from a few more cars like this but you can’t have everything!

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The Little Man had a marvellous time, not least because he got to drive around in his very own Mini Cooper. Bless! May have to go on his birthday list!

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The decision to take a trip out was somewhat last minute so, when it came to packing a picnic, we realised that we had no bread. Obviously a conventional loaf was out of the question but a soda bread could be mixed and baked before the Little Man woke from his nap.

The basic recipe came from Weight Watcher’s ‘Fabulous and Filling’ cookbook but I jazzed it up a bit to make it a handy meal-in-one, hence the name! So, without further ado…

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Picnic Scone (Soda Bread)
200 g self raising flour
0.5 tsp bicarbonate of soda
a pinch of salt and lots of black pepper
1.5 tsp dried rosemary (thyme, oregano or mixed herbs would work well)
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp mustard powder
30 g (about 10) black olives
5 sun dried tomatoes
150 g grated cheese (a good, sharp cheddar works well)
100 g natural yoghurt

Place the dry ingredients in a bowl and season.

Roughly chop the olives and Sun dried tomatoes in a mixer or by hand and add to the flour.

Stir in 100 g of the cheese and fold in the yoghurt.

Bring the mixture into a ball, adding more water if necessary.

Place the dough on a lightly oiled baking sheet (or a warmed pizza stone), flatten and Mark out 6 or 8 segments using a knife.

Sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top and some more rosemary and black pepper.

Bake at 200 degrees celcius for 20 – 25 mins until golden and the base sounds hollow.

Voilร , a picnic for the family in one loaf. Lovely served on its own or with cream cheese. We took some oranges and a flask of tea and it was marvellous.

Enjoy the recipe, let me know if you have a go! Maybe you’ve got a different flavour idea? x

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8 responses to “Picnic Scone

  1. quilt32

    Your family always has such fun times. I imagine Little Man enjoyed the cars almost as much as your husband did.

    The scone sounds like a wonderful idea – I’ll have to try it.
    Lillian
    lillianscupboard.wordpress.com

  2. mmmm will be trying this for sure, it sounds easy and looks delish xxx

  3. What a wonderful anytime lunch, I’m definitely trying that one, even have everything in the fridge, my put some goats cheese in, that would work? Fiona x

  4. Lovely blog dear…I’m following you!!! A big kiss from Florence…

  5. I too love scones…what a delight to the taste buds…thank you for sharing the recipe.

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