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Picnic loaf

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This recipe makes the ultimate picnic loaf for your alfresco lunches in the sun. A soft bloomer, filled with layer upon layer of italian meats, cheese, salad, basil, tomato and onion, wrapped in cling film and ready to serve at your picnics.

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For the bread

For the filling

  • 3 3 Tomato
  • Rocket
  • Basil
  • 160g 5⅝ oz Emmantal cheese
  • 100g 3½ oz italian meats
  • 1 1 Red onion

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  1. Classic mode Step 1

    Mix the flour, yeast, sugar and salt in a big bowl, using your fingertips to rub in the butter until only fine crumbs are left. Mix the water in with a cutlery knife.

    Ingredients for this step

  2. Classic mode Step 2

    Tip onto a lightly flour dusted surface and knead for 10 minutes (or use the dough hook attachment on your mixed for 5 minutes)

  3. Classic mode Step 3

    Lightly grease the mixing bowl with some oil.Put the dough back in, cover the bowl with a clean tea towel and leave to rise until doubled in size.

  4. Classic mode Step 4

    Knock back the dough by gently kneading, shape the dough into a circular bloomer, cover and leave to prove again.

  5. Classic mode Step 5

    Preheat the oven to 200°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 6) and once the dough has doubled in size bake for 30-35 minutes. When you tap the base of the loaf it should sound hollow. Cool on a wire rack.

  6. Classic mode Step 6

    Slice the top of the loaf off carefully and set aside. Using a sharp knife carve out the centre of the bread. Do not cut out the base.

  7. Classic mode Step 7

    Lightly drizzle the centre with some olive oil and begin to layer the fillings; meats, cheese, rocket, basil, tomato and onion. Gently pressing down each layer. Fill the centre right to the top and drizzle lightly with oil before placing the loaf top back in place.

    Ingredients for this step

    • 100g 3½ oz italian meats
    • 160g 5⅝ oz Emmantal cheese
    • Basil
    • Rocket
    • 1 1 Red onion
    • 3 3 Tomato
  8. Classic mode Step 8

    Tightly wrap the whole loaf in cling film and chill in the fridge. Place a weighty object on top of the loaf to keep the fillings tightly packed together.

  9. Classic mode Step 9

    When you are ready to serve or head off on your picnic, unwrap and cut into wedges.