Pears make such a fabulously versatile picnic ingredient.
Pack them whole for a portable and tasty sweet snack. Slice them and add them to a wine and cheese platter or turn them into deliciously sophisticated picnic menu ideas such as our pear and blue cheese appetiser or our grilled pear, fig and smoked duck salad.
While the key to great picnics is keeping things as simple as possible, it doesn’t mean you can’t still make a big statement. Sheet tarts are about as easy as it gets when thinking of picnic ideas beyond sandwiches and salads.
The sweetness of pears and the distinct flavour of fennel with creamy ricotta and salty blue cheese on flaky puff pastry is an easy picnic dish that will always impress.
A simple tart to make, it will hold its own for so many picnic occasions. A tart that is sophisticated enough to serve with a salad for a romantic picnic and delicate enough to serve in small slices as part of a wine and cheese platter. It is also a great finger food idea for large group picnics when you want to venture beyond dips and chips.
You can make this tart ahead of time and serve at room temperature or pop it in the oven just before time and serve it hot. We give you all the tips for keeping food hot for your picnic here.