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Curtis Stone's strawberry, elderflower and brioche summer puddings

"Think of this dessert as a deconstructed version of a summer pudding, with thinly sliced strawberries macerated in elderflower liqueur and layered between slices of brioche," says Stone. "A dollop of whipped cream on top is a cooling counterpoint to the floral flavours."

Most popular recipes summer 2017

Counting down from 20, here are this summer's most-loved recipes.

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

A hotdog is all about the condiments. Here, choose between a smoky red capsicum relish or the bright flavours of chimichurri, or go for a bit of both.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

Curtis Stone's strawberry and almond cheesecake

"I've made all kinds of fancy cheesecakes in my time, but nothing really beats the classic combination of strawberries and almonds with a boost from vanilla bean," says Stone. "I could just pile macerated strawberries on top, but why not give your tastebuds a proper party by folding grilled strawberries into the cheesecake batter too? Cheesecakes are elegant and my go-to for celebrations because they taste best when whipped up a day in advance."

Top Drops: October

These are the drops we're savouring this month, from a tangy fortified wine to a refreshingly dry Australian rosé and a bargain bin riesling.

Numbered from top-bottom and left to right;

1. SUPER SWEETIE

2015 Oakdene Late Harvest Riesling, Geelong, Vic, $23

Don't let the very pale, innocent appearance fool you - this deliciously sweet late-harvest riesling is full of flavour and character. Fine, floral, almost sherbety perfume leads on to super-ripe, fat yellow fruit finessed by zingy acidity.

oakdene.com.au

2. GREY FOX

2015 Foxey's Hangout Pinot Gris, Mornington Peninsula, Vic, $28

Over the past couple of decades the cool hills of Victoria's Mornington Peninsula have proved to be particularly well suited to producing rich and savoury, spicy and nectarine-fruity, ripe and textural pinot gris such as this one. Terrine, please.

foxeys-hangout.com.au

3. SUPER SPICE

2014 Riversdale Estate Musca Syrah, Coal River, Tas, $57

From a vineyard just outside Hobart, this is cool-climate shiraz at its most thrillingly spicy and refined. Intensely attractive aromas of black pepper and clove lead to a mouthful of juicy wild blackberries and slinky tannin. Gorgeous.

riversdaleestate.com.au

4. MODERN CLASSIC

2015 Clonakilla Shiraz Viognier, Canberra District, NSW, $120

I have been following this wine since its first vintage back in the early 1990s, and I think this might be the best yet: all the entrancing spicy perfume and elegance you'd expect, but with unusual depth and a thrillingly grounded sense of place.

clonakilla.com.au

5. GIN SPIRIT

Shene Estate Poltergeist Unfiltered Gin, Pontville, Tas, $85

Distilled in a renovated barn on a colonial estate north of Hobart that dates back to the 1840s, this unfiltered gin is bursting with complex botanical aromas of herbs, citrus and juniper, and has a lovely satisfying richness on the tongue.

shene.com.au

6. WILD THING

2015 Basket Range Wines Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills, SA, $32

From one of the original vineyards planted in this forest-fringed corner of the Adelaide Hills comes a pinot that perfectly captures its terroir: wild undergrowth aromas, sappy black-cherry fruit, some gently grippy, dusty tannin.

basketrangewine.com.au

7. BARGAIN RIESLING

2016 Alkoomi White Label Riesling, Frankland River, WA, $15

This is a mad price for a good estate-grown riesling: with fresh apple and citrus aromas and lively acidity on the tongue, it's fine, moreish and even destined to develop a bit more complexity over 10 years in the cellar. All for 15 bucks.

alkoomiwines.com.au

8. UNIQUE LIQUEUR

Hardys Rare Liqueur Sauvignon Blanc, McLaren Vale, SA, $100

The winemakers at Hardys think this luscious, tangy fortified wine may be the only one of its kind made from sauvignon blanc grapes in the world. It tastes stunning, like a cross between very old muscat and Madeira.

hardyswines.com

9. WHITE SATIN

2015 Yalumba Roussanne, Eden Valley, SA, $24

Having proved their mastery of the aromatic white grape viognier, Yalumba have turned their attention to its Rhône relative, roussanne, with delicious results: delicate perfume of white flowers and green apple, lovely richness on the tongue.

yalumba.com

10. PALE BELLE

2016 Hewitson Belle Ville Rosé, Barossa Valley, SA, $23

Another addition to the growing list of refreshing, pale, dry Australian rosés: grenache and cinsault grapes picked early (it's just 12.5 per cent alcohol) produce a gently perfumed wine with crunchy fruit and a savoury finish.

hewitson.com.au

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