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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."

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.

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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.

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.

Fast summer dinners

From an effortless tomato and ricotta herbed tart to Sri Lankan fish curries and chewy pork-and-pineapple skewers, these no-fuss recipes lend to relaxing on a humid summer's night.

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."

Goat’s curd tartlets with strawberries


"This tart is delicious," says Boetz. "Fold fresh goat's curd through vanilla anglaise, dollop it in a crisp tart shell and top with in-season strawberries." We've made bite-sized 5cm-diameter tarts, but larger 10cm-diameter tarts work well with this recipe too.

You'll need

110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar 40 ml liqueur, such as Cointreau or framboise 375 gm strawberries, hulled, cut into wedges   Sweet pastry 230 gm unsalted butter, softened 150 gm pure icing sugar Scraped seeds of 1 vanilla bean 2 eggs 250 gm (1 cups) plain flour   Goat’s curd crème pâtissière 200 ml free-range goat’s milk (see note) 100 ml pouring cream 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 4 egg yolks 140 gm caster sugar 30 gm plain flour 200 gm goat’s curd Finely grated rind of 1 lemon

Method

  • 01
  • For sweet pastry, process butter, icing sugar and vanilla in a food processor or Kitchenaid until pale, add eggs one at a time, processing after each addition, then process to combine. Add flour and pulse to just combine, turn onto a lightly floured surface, form into a disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour).
  • 02
  • For goat’s curd crème pâtissière, warm milk, cream and vanilla in a saucepan over medium-high heat (do not bring to the boil). Whisk yolks and sugar in a bowl until pale, then whisk in flour. While stirring, slowly pour in warmed milk. Strain through a sieve back into pan and whisk continuously over low-medium heat until thickened (4-5 minutes; do not boil). Transfer to a bowl, cover closely with a round of baking paper and refrigerate until firm (1-2 hours). Just before serving, whisk in goat’s curd and lemon rind until smooth.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out pastry to 5mm-thick between 2 pieces of baking paper and line sixteen 5cm-diameter loose-bottomed tart tins lightly brushed with butter. Trim edges and refrigerate for 10 minutes to rest, then blind-bake until edges are light golden (12-14 minutes). Remove paper and weights and bake until bases are light golden. Set aside to cool, then remove tart cases from tins and set aside.
  • 04
  • Meanwhile, place sugar and 60ml water in a small saucepan over medium-high heat and stir until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil and cook until a light syrup forms (1-2 minutes). Add liqueur and set aside to cool.
  • 05
  • To serve, spoon or pipe goat’s curd crème pâtissière into tart cases, top with strawberries, drizzle with a little syrup and serve.

Note Goat's milk is available from select health-food shops.


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  • Serves 8 people
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  • Serves 8 people

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Sweet late-harvest riesling.

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