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Most popular recipes summer 2017

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

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."

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.

Bali's new wave of restaurants, hotels and bars

The restaurant and hotel scene on Australia's favourite holiday island has never been more exciting and Australian chefs, owners and restaurateurs are leading the charge, writes Samantha Coomber.

Australia's best rieslings

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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."

Baguette recipes

These baguette recipes are picture-perfect and picnic ready, bursting with fillings like slow-cooked beef tongue, poached egg and grilled asparagus and classic leg ham and cheese.

World's Best Chefs Talks

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

Chocolate baklava


You'll need

250 gm slivered almonds 150 ml honey (see note) 125 gm dark chocolate (72% cocoa solids), finely chopped 2 tsp ground cinnamon 6 sheets of filo pastry 50 ml clarified butter To serve: vanilla ice-cream   Greek coffee soil 260 gm ground almonds 150 gm caster sugar 70 gm plain flour 20 gm finely ground fresh coffee 100 gm unsalted butter, melted and cooled

Method

  • 01
  • For Greek coffee soil, preheat oven to 150C. Sift dry ingredients through a coarse sieve into a bowl, add butter and mix to combine. Roll between sheets of baking paper to 5mm thick, transfer to an oven tray and bake until dry (20-25 minutes). Cool, then crumble with your hands. Set aside.
  • 02
  • Increase oven to 200C. Combine almonds, honey, chocolate and cinnamon in a bowl, stir to combine and set aside.
  • 03
  • Lay one sheet of filo pastry on a clean work surface. Brush liberally with butter, fold in half to form a square and brush again with butter. Spread one sixth of almond mixture along edge closest to you, fold in sides to cover filling, then roll up tightly, placing seam-side down on a lightly greased oven tray. Repeat with remaining pastry, butter and filling. Bake until crisp and golden (5-6 minutes). Serve immediately scattered with coffee soil and vanilla ice-cream.
Note George prefers to use Attiki honey.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

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1987 Domaine Argyros Vin Santo from Santorini, which has fig and date characters from 17 years in a barrel.

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