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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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Christine Manfield recipes

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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."

Aioli garni


You'll need

  Platter 9 kipfler potatoes, scrubbed 9 biodynamic or free-range eggs (see note) 1 kg cooked prawns 9 radishes, tops trimmed 6 baby carrots, tops trimmed and peeled 2 baby fennel, trimmed and cut lengthways into 1cm thick slices To serve: crusty bread   Aioli 6 cloves garlic, peeled 2 egg yolks 1 tbsp Dijon mustard 375 ml (1½ cups) extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • For aïoli, combine garlic with a pinch of sea salt in a mortar and, using a pestle, crush to a fine paste. Transfer to a bowl and whisk in egg yolks and mustard, then add olive oil in a thin steady stream, whisking continuously until incorporated, adding a little warm water if aïoli becomes too thick. Season to taste with sea salt. Makes about 2 cups.
  • 02
  • Place potatoes in a large saucepan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil over medium heat and simmer gently for 12 minutes or until tender. Place eggs in a separate saucepan, cover with cold water, bring to the boil and cook for 7 minutes, drain and cool under cold running water, then peel and halve lengthways.
  • 03
  • To serve, place aïoli in a bowl, arrange ingredients on a large platter and serve with crusty bread on the side.

Note Biodynamic eggs are of a high quality and are available from select greengrocers and health food stores.


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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