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Aløft

There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

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Brae

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.

Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

Cast-iron peach cobbler with buttermilk ice-cream


"I came across fruit cobblers when I first moved to America," says Stone. "Similar to a crumble, cobblers skyrocket when made with fruit in peak season. I've added cornmeal (use fine polenta) to the scone-like topping for a gritty, textural bite. I'd be proud to serve my take on a cobbler with homemade buttermilk ice-cream to a table full of Texans." Start this recipe a day ahead to chill the ice-cream base.

You'll need

2 kg ripe yellow peaches, pitted and cut into 2cm wedges 165 gm (¾ cup) caster sugar 2 tbsp plain flour 1½ tbsp lemon juice ½ tsp ground cinnamon ½ tsp pure vanilla extract For brushing: thickened cream   Buttermilk ice-cream 500 ml (2 cups) milk 185 ml (2/3 cup) thickened cream 150 gm (2/3 cup) caster sugar Finely grated rind of 1 lemon 6 egg yolks 500 ml (2 cups) buttermilk   Cobbler topping 250 gm (1 2/3 cups) plain flour 170 gm (1 cup) yellow cornmeal (fine polenta) 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar 3¾ tsp baking powder 125 gm chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1cm cubes 250 ml (1 cup) thickened cream

Method

  • 01
  • For buttermilk ice-cream, heat milk, cream, 80gm sugar and lemon rind in a saucepan over medium-high heat until just before boiling. Meanwhile, whisk yolks and remaining sugar in a bowl, then, whisking continuously, slowly add hot milk mixture. Return mixture to pan and stir over low heat until custard thickly coats the back of a spoon and reaches about 84C on a sugar thermometer (4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, whisk in buttermilk, then strain into a bowl. Place bowl in an ice bath and stir frequently until cooled to room temperature, then add 1¼ tsp sea salt flakes. Cover and refrigerate overnight to develop the flavour, then freeze in an ice-cream machine. Transfer to an airtight container, cover and freeze until ready to serve. Buttermilk ice-cream can be frozen for up to 3 days, covered tightly; soften slightly at room temperature before serving. Makes about 2 litres.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 155C fan-forced. Place a 31cm cast-iron skillet or ovenproof frying pan on a rimmed baking tray lined with baking paper. Gently toss peaches and sugar in a large bowl and set aside until peaches release some of their juices (25-30 minutes). Drain, reserving juice, then whisk ½ cup peach juice with flour, lemon juice, cinnamon, vanilla and ½ tsp sea salt flakes in a bowl to combine, add to peaches and toss to coat, then spread in skillet and set aside.
  • 03
  • For cobbler topping, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder and 1 tsp sea salt flakes in a large bowl, add butter and rub in until it resembles a coarse meal with a few pea-sized pieces of butter remaining. Stir in cream with a fork until the dough comes together and no dry bits are left on the bottom of the bowl (be careful not to overwork the dough). Using a large spoon or ice-cream scoop, divide the dough into 14 rounds, arrange them on top of the peaches, leaving a little room between each, brush tops with thickened cream and bake until filling is bubbling all over and topping is a deep golden brown (35-40 minutes).
  • 04
  • Cool cobbler briefly, then spoon into shallow bowls and serve with a generous scoop of buttermilk ice-cream.

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 - 12 people
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  • Serves 10 - 12 people

Drink Suggestion

Sweet golden Sauternes.

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