Picnic Crudite Loaf by Valentine Warner
Light Meal / Snack / Nut Free / Shellfish Free / Suitable for Diabetics / Healthy heart recipe / Vegetarian
Preparation time: 30minutes
Submitted by: Valentine Warner
This is taken from: What To Eat Now, Spring & Summer by Valentine Warner published by Mitchell Beazley.
1 crusty white tin or farmhouse loaf, a day-old 1 is perfect
4 free-range hard-boiled eggs
assorted vegetables, such as radishes, baby carrots, cherry tomatoes, celery sticks and cucumber
2 large free-range egg yolks
1 heaped teaspoon Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon caster sugar
11/2 tablespoons white wine vinegar or lemon juice
200ml sunflower oil
flaked sea salt and ground black pepper
Place the loaf on its side on a board, then carefully slice off the top and put to one side. Upright the loaf again. Place a knife about 2.5 cm from the outside and cut into the bread down all 4 sides. Pull the bread from inside.
To make the mayonnaise, put the egg yolks, mustard, sugar and
vinegar in a high-sided bowl. Whizz with a stick blender while slowly
dribbling in the oils together until the mayonnaise thickens and becomes
smooth and glossy. Add salt and pepper to taste. Spoon into a small jam jar and fasten the lid. Put the jar inside the loaf of bread and add the hard-boiled eggs. Scrub the vegetables and cut into small batons where necessary. Arrange alongside the mayonnaise and eggs. Wrap some sea salt and ground black pepper individually in small envelopes of foil and add to the parcel.
Pop the bread lid back on and secure with a large elastic band or good
string, then disappear on your picnic whence you will return with only the empty jar, elastic band and foil. I guarantee your friends will be amazed.