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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."

Australia's best rieslings

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Fig recipes

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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.

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.

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."

Torta di moscato


You'll need

150 gm (1 cup) raisins 200 ml muscat 220 gm (1 cup) white sugar 2 eggs 280 gm double cream 60 ml (¼ cup) lemon juice ½ tsp each freshly grated nutmeg and ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground cloves For dusting: caster sugar   Sweet pastry 250 gm plain flour 60 gm caster sugar 150 gm butter, coarsely chopped 1 large egg (59gm), lightly beaten

Method

  • 01
  • Combine raisins and muscat in a bowl and set aside until raisins are plump and most of the muscat is absorbed (2 hours).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for sweet pastry, sift flour and sugar onto a work surface. Make a well in the centre, add butter and rub in with fingertips until fine crumbs form. Add egg and gently knead to combine, shape into a flat disc, wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate to rest (1 hour).
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 190C. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface into a 5mm-thick round and line a 26cm-diameter fluted tart tin. Trim edges and refrigerate to rest (30 minutes), then blind bake until light golden (20-25 minutes). Remove paper and weights, set aside to cool.
  • 04
  • Reduce oven to 170C. Whisk sugar and eggs in a bowl to just combine. Add remaining ingredients and stir to combine, pour into pastry case (there may be a little mixture left over) and bake until just set (10-15 minutes). Cool to room temperature on a wire rack, then dust evenly with caster sugar and caramelise with a blowtorch or under a hot grill. Cut into wedges and serve.
This recipe is from the May 2010 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

“I would be grateful if you would please ask the pastry chef at Melbourne’s Café di Stasio for the recipe to their delicious muscat tart – it was such a sensational end to a memorable meal.”
Jeremy Hatfield, Ashwood, Vic

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  • Serves 10 people
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