Nothing beats a break in the cooler/wet weather in these colder months, than a day of glorious sunshine. When these days coincide with a weekend, my family and I relish the opportunity to get outside in the clean, crisp air and go on picnics. Most of the time we find some secluded space on the farm we live on, build a little campfire and set up for the next few hours, toasting marshmallows and sipping hot drinks around the toasty fire. Our little boys just love being outside and love the opportunity to go wandering in nature to see what wonderful things that can find and discover.
And if I have a little time up my sleeve, I take the chance to bake a quick sweet damper in the oven, wrap it in foil and reheat using the coals and enjoy with lashings of butter whilst we sit by the fire.
I find it helps to keep all our picnic bits and pieces easily accessible and ready-to-go in our pantry, for when the mood strikes and/or the weather is agreeable. Always accompanying us on these ventures is our mini thermos, and a container full of marshmallows ready for toasting. But confession, I’m in desperate need of a picnic blanket. I’m coveting the Fiesta Picnic Rug from EziBuy, thinking it will compliment my set perfectly and would be so much better than using the blue blanket I’m currently resorting to with a tarpaulin underneath.
My most favourite recipe for the sweet damper is an easy one, using golden syrup. Guaranteed to go down a treat with all at the picnic. And equally as enjoyable on a winter’s morning, baked fresh from your oven for morning tea at home too.
250g SR flour
25g butter, cubed
3 tbs golden syrup
2 tbs castor sugar
1. Preheat oven to 180°C oven, and line baking tray with baking paper and lightly dust with flour.
2. Rub the butter into the flour, until it resembles a fine crumb.
3. Combine milk, golden syrup and sugar in a jug, then pour into flour.
4. Bring the ingredients together, then turn out onto a floured surface. Knead gently until mixture makes a smooth round ball.
5. Flatten the ball slightly, and cut an ‘x’ into it using a knife. Lightly brush with milk.
6. Bake in oven for 25-30 mins until golden.
7. Wrap in tin foil until ready to be served whilst it’s still warm, with lashings of butter.
I also think this colour Tiffin Box is gorgeous for food-on-the-go whether it be for a paddock picnic or a picnic at your favourite local park, what a practical and stylish way to transport your goodies!
Getting outdoorsy with a picnic certainly isn’t just for the warmer months, in fact we do it more often when it has been cool or raining, as it’s a perfect way to shake off the winter blues and to bust out from the cabin fever the tends to build, and a great way to get the kids outside and exploring!