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Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

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Almond and pine nut tart


At La Colombe d'Or, this simple tart is served with a glass of the famous sweet wine Muscat de Beaumes de Venise. A light syrup made with the same wine adds a luxurious touch.

You'll need

130 gm caster sugar 100 gm butter, softened Finely grated rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon 130 gm lightly beaten egg (about 2) 130 gm almond meal 30 ml dark rum 80 gm pine nuts For dusting: icing sugar To serve: crème fraîche or double cream   Sweet pastry 250 gm plain flour 175 gm chilled butter, coarsely chopped 65 gm caster sugar 65 gm almond meal 1 egg   Beaumes de Venise syrup 220 gm caster sugar 100 ml Muscat de Beaumes de Venise Scraped seeds of ½ vanilla bean Juice of ½ orange

Method

  • 01
  • For sweet pastry, combine flour, butter and a pinch of salt in a bowl and rub in butter with fingertips until mixture resembles fine crumbs. Add sugar and almond meal, rub in to combine well, then mix in egg. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and knead lightly, then form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1-2 hours).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, beat sugar, butter and citrus rinds in an electric mixer until light and fluffy (2-3 minutes), scrape down sides of bowl, then beat in egg. Stir in almond meal and rum and set aside until required.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 160C. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to a 3mm-thick rectangle and line an 11cm x 35cm rectangular tart tin, pressing pastry into corners. Trim edges and refrigerate to rest (1 hour).
  • 04
  • Spoon almond mixture into tart case, smooth top, scatter with pine nuts and dust heavily with icing sugar. Bake until golden and cooked through (45 minutes to 1 hour) then set aside to cool to room temperature.
  • 05
  • For Beaumes de Venise syrup, simmer ingredients and 60ml water in a saucepan over medium-high heat until reduced to a light syrup (3-4 minutes), then set aside to cool.
  • 06
  • Serve slices of tart, dusted with icing sugar, with Beaumes de Venise syrup and a dollop of crème fraîche or double cream.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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Oct 2013

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