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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.

World's Best Chefs Talks

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

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.

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.

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.

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."

Semolina pudding with caramel pears


Choose ripe pears with just a little firmness. We like beurre Bosc or William Bartlett.

You'll need

800 ml milk 70 gm caster sugar 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped 1 cinnamon quill 50 gm semolina 20 gm butter To serve: coarsely chopped roasted hazelnuts   Caramel pears 20 gm butter, coarsely chopped 3 pears, peeled, cored and quartered 100 gm pure icing sugar, sieved 100 ml dessert wine Juice of ½ lemon

Method

  • 01
  • For caramel pears, melt butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat, add pears and icing sugar and cook, tossing occasionally, until pears are caramelised and tender (10-12 minutes). Deglaze pan with dessert wine, stir in juice and set aside.
  • 02
  • When pears are almost cooked, stir milk, sugar, vanilla and cinnamon in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the simmer, add semolina in a steady stream and cook, whisking continuously, until thick and smooth (5-6 minutes). Remove from heat, whisk in butter, then serve pudding hot topped with caramel pears and their syrup and hazelnuts.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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