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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."

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Australia's best rieslings

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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

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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."

Mark Best: Chocolate chantilly with raspberry-poached rhubarb


You'll need

270 gm dark couverture chocolate (70% cocoa solids), coarsely chopped 100 gm (about 1 punnet) raspberries, to serve (see note)   Raspberry-poached rhubarb 1 bunch rhubarb with thick stalks (about 450gm) 200 gm (about 2 punnets) raspberries (see note) 250 gm caster sugar

Method

  • 01
  • Combine chocolate and 230ml water in a heatproof bowl over a saucepan of simmering water, stirring occasionally until melted and well combined (3-4 minutes). Place bowl over a bowl of iced water and whisk steadily until chocolate thickens and increases in volume (4-5 minutes). Refrigerate, covered, until required.
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for raspberry-poached rhubarb, trim leaves and white ends from rhubarb (discard). Wash well, dry, then peel each stalk with a vegetable peeler. Place peelings in a large heatproof bowl with raspberries and sugar (reserve stalks). Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and place over a saucepan of simmering water until a red juice forms (40-45 minutes).
  • 03
  • Strain juice through a fine sieve into a 2 litre-capacity wide saucepan. Do not press solids through (discard solids). Cut reserved rhubarb into 9cm lengths, add to pan and simmer over low heat until just tender (6-8 minutes). Do not boil. Transfer rhubarb and juice to a container and refrigerate until chilled (30-40 minutes). Before serving, gently toss with raspberries to combine.
  • 04
  • Form six quenelles of chocolate with a large, hot spoon and place each in a serving bowl. Divide a little rhubarb and raspberry mixture among bowls, drizzle with rhubarb juice to taste and serve with extra rhubarb and raspberries to the side.
Note If fresh raspberries are unavailable, use frozen ones. Use Valrhona chocolate if available.

This recipe is from the September 2009 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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