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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."

Tomato and ricotta tart


You'll need

375 gm shortcrust pastry (see note) 200 gm firm ricotta 20 gm finely grated parmesan ¼ cup coarsely chopped mixed herbs such as basil, flat-leaf parsley, mint and chervil, plus extra leaves to serve Finely grated rind of 1 lemon, juice of ½ 1 egg, lightly beaten 1 large ripe oxheart tomato, cut into wedges 200 gm mixed cherry tomatoes, halved or quartered, depending on size 60 ml (¼ cup) extra-virgin olive oil 1 tbsp red wine vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Line a 26cm x 35cm baking tray with baking paper, then with pastry, trimming edges to fit. Combine ricotta, parmesan, herbs, lemon rind and half the egg in a bowl, season generously to taste and mix to combine. Spread mixture over pastry, leaving a 1.5cm border. Brush border lightly with remaining egg (you won’t need it all), then bake, turning occasionally, until golden brown (15-20 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, combine tomatoes, extra-virgin olive oil, vinegar and lemon juice in a bowl and season to taste. Pile on top of tart, scatter with extra herbs and serve warm.

Note We prefer Carême shortcrust pastry, which comes in 375gm sheets, but any good shortcrust pastry would work here.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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