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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.

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.

World's Best Chefs Talks

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

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.

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."

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.

Korean fried chicken burger


You'll need

125 gm potato starch (see note) 1 Lebanese cucumber For deep-frying: vegetable oil 150 gm kimchi (see note), coarsely chopped 2 spring onions, thinly sliced 4 soft sesame seed hamburger buns (about 12cm in diameter), split   Marinated chicken 4 chicken thigh fillets (120gm each) 1 tbsp salt 1 tbsp caster sugar 100 ml Chinese rice wine 2 tbsp sesame oil   Gochujang mayonnaise 150 gm Japanese mayonnaise 35 gm gochujang (see note)

Method

  • 01
  • For marinated chicken, combine chicken thighs with marinade ingredients in a bowl. Mix thoroughly with your hands and refrigerate to marinate (at least 2 hours or overnight). Just before cooking, stir in potato starch to form a batter.
  • 02
  • Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, slice cucumber into 3mm-thick rounds, place in a bowl and sprinkle with 1 tsp salt. Mix and set aside for 25 minutes to draw out liquid, then squeeze excess moisture out, rinse under running water, then pat dry with paper towels. Set aside.
  • 03
  • For gochujang mayo, mix the mayonnaise and gochujang with a whisk until incorporated. Set aside.
  • 04
  • Heat oil to 160C in a deep saucepan or deep-fryer. Carefully add chicken thighs in batches, ensuring they don't stick to the bottom of the pan, and fry until cooked (6-9 minutes; be careful, hot oil may spit). Drain on paper towels and season to taste.
  • 05
  • Meanwhile, steam burger buns in a steamer, or toast under a hot grill (1 minute).
  • 06
  • To serve, spread a generous dollop of mayonnaise on each of the bun bases, then top with a chicken fillet, spoon a generous amount of kimchi on top along with salted cucumber and spring onion. Spoon a little more mayo on the bun tops to taste, place on top and serve.

Note Potato starch, kimchi and gochujang (Korean chilli paste) are available from Korean and most Asian food stores.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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