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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."

Fig recipes

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Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

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.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

Christine Manfield recipes

As the '90s dawned, darling chefs were pushing the boundaries of cooking in this country. A young Christine Manfield, just starting out at this heady time, soon became part of the generation that redefined modern Australian cuisine. She shares some of her timeless signatures from the era.

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."

Chocolate sour cherry cake


You'll need

340 gm caster sugar 70 gm dried sour cherries (see note) 310 gm butter, melted 265 gm dark chocolate (70% cocoa solids), melted 10 eggs, separated, plus 6 egg yolks 115 gm Dutch-process cocoa, sifted, plus extra for dusting 115 gm sour cream, brought to room temperature To serve: crème fraîche (optional)

Method

  • 01
  • Combine 55gm caster sugar and 60ml water in a small saucepan over medium heat, stirring until sugar dissolves (3-5 minutes). Bring to the boil, remove from heat, add cherries and set aside to cool. Strain (discard liquid), coarsely chop cherries and set aside.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 140C. Combine butter, chocolate and cherries in a large bowl, stir until well combined and set aside. Whisk egg yolks and 190gm sugar in an electric mixer until thick and pale (3-5 minutes), then fold in chocolate mixture and set aside.
  • 03
  • Whisk eggwhites in an electric mixer until frothy, then, with motor running, gradually add remaining sugar in a continuous stream and whisk until soft peaks form (3-5 minutes).
  • 04
  • Fold cocoa into chocolate mixture carefully with a metal spoon. Stir sour cream until smooth, fold into chocolate mixture, then fold in eggwhites. Pour into a 28cm- diameter baking-paper-lined springform tin and bake, rotating tin halfway through cooking, until edges are just set and centre is fudgy (1-1¼ hours). Set aside to cool completely in tin, dust with cocoa (optional) and serve with crème fraîche.
Note Dried sour cherries are available from select delicatessens and online at pariyafood.com.

“If I were forced to remain monogamous to one cake and one cake only, I would choose Central Baking Depot’s flourless chocolate and sour cherry cake. Please help me find the recipe for ‘the one’.”
Lisa Chen, Sydney, NSW

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  • Serves 20 people
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  • Serves 20 people

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