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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.

Australia's best rieslings

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Baguette recipes

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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."

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Restaurant Hubert's Clams à la Normande


"Normande sauce is generally a fish velouté with cream and butter, but in this recipe I've replaced the fish velouté with dashi, which sneaks some extra underlying umami in there," says Daniel Pepperell. "Pour the fries on top for extra fun eating and to soak up the sauce."

You'll need

2 (500gm) starchy potatoes (such as russet Burbank), peeled and cut into julienne Vegetable oil, for deep-frying ¼ cup (firmly packed) flat-leaf parsley 5 thyme sprigs, leaves only 50 ml white wine 1 kg clams or pipis, cleaned 150 gm butter, diced Lemon juice, to taste 1 tbsp chives, cut into batons 10 chervil sprigs 10 tarragon leaves   Dashi 2 pieces konbu 2 large handfuls (40gm) katsuobushi (see note) 1 snapper head (or head of other white fish) 1 tbsp soy sauce, or to taste

Method

  • 01
  • For dashi, simmer konbu and 500ml water in a large saucepan over low heat until infused (50-60 minutes). Remove from heat, add katsuobushi, cover pan and set aside to infuse (20-25 minutes). Strain stock through a fine sieve into a clean large saucepan, pressing gently on the katsuobushi with a ladle. Heat a char-grill pan over high heat, add snapper head and grill until charred, then add to konbu stock. Simmer stock gently over low heat until fish head flavours stock (45 minutes). Strain through a fine sieve and season with soy sauce. Reserve 300ml. Remaining fish stock will keep frozen for 3 months.
  • 02
  • Rinse potatoes thoroughly under cold water and pat dry. Heat oil in a deep-fryer to 170C and deep-fry potato in batches until crisp and golden (4-6 minutes; be careful, hot oil will spit). Drain on paper towels and keep warm. Fry parsley and thyme until crisp (30 seconds), then crumble over potato and season to taste with salt.
  • 03
  • Heat a saucepan over high heat, add wine and reserved stock and bring to the boil. Add clams, cover, and cook just until the clams start to open (2-4 minutes). Remove from heat, remove clams with a slotted spoon and transfer to serving bowls. Gradually whisk butter into stock to form a shiny sauce, then season to taste with lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Gently stir the herbs into the sauce and spoon sauce over clams. Serve hot with fries.

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Additional Notes

Katsuobushi, dried bonito flakes, are available from Japanese providores and select Asian grocers.

Drink Suggestion

Brasserie De Saint-Sylvestre 3 Monts Flanders Golden Ale, France.

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