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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."

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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.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

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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."

Plum burnt-butter cakes with plum semifreddo


You'll need to begin this recipe the day before.

You'll need

  Cakes 40 gm butter, coarsely chopped 2 eggs 130 gm caster sugar 125 gm plain flour 75 gm ground pistachios 6 plums, halved and stones removed   Plum semifreddo 200 gm blood plums, stones removed and coarsely chopped 170 gm caster sugar 60 ml (¼ cup) brandy 1 cinnamon quill 1 egg 2 egg yolks 300 ml pouring cream, lightly whipped to soft peaks

Method

  • 01
  • For plum semifreddo, combine plum, 60gm sugar, 1 tbsp brandy, cinnamon and 2 tbsp water in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes or until plums are soft. Process plum mixture in a food processor until smooth, then pass through a sieve, discarding solids and cool completely. Combine, egg, yolks, remaining sugar and remaining brandy in a heatproof bowl and whisk over a saucepan of simmering water for 7-8 minutes or until thick and pale. Transfer mixture to an electric mixer and whisk until cold. Fold in whipped cream, then plum syrup to form a ripple effect, transfer to a container and freeze overnight.
  • 02
  • Preheat oven to 170C. Place butter in a small saucepan and cook over medium-high heat until dark golden, remove from heat and cool completely. Combine eggs and sugar in an electric mixer and whisk for 5 minutes or until thick and pale. Add flour and pistachios and whisk to combine, then fold in cooled butter. Divide mixture among 6 greased and floured 1 cup-capacity buttered cake pans. Place 2 plum halves, cut-side down, over each and bake for 15 minutes or until golden. Stand in pans for 5 minutes then carefully turn out and cool on a wire rack. Serve cakes, warm or at room temperature with plum semifreddo.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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