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There's nothing new about Nordic interiors - blond timbers, concrete surfaces, warm, mid-century charm without the twee - and thank heavens for that. It's a style that augments the beauty of everything around it, in this case, gorgeous Hobart harbour, which makes up one whole wall. What is new here, however, is the food - by veterans of Garagistes, which once dazzled diners down the road, Vue de Monde in Melbourne and Gordon Ramsay worldwide. There's a strong Asian bent, but with Tasmanian ingredients. In fact, the kitchen's love of the local verges on obsessive - coconut milk in an aromatic fish curry is replaced with Tasmanian-grown fig leaf simmered in cream to mimic the flavour. Other standouts include a gutsy red-braised lamb with gai lan and chewy cassia spaetzle, pigs' ears zingy with Sichuan pepper and a fresh, springy berry dessert. While the food is sourced locally, the generous wine list spans the planet. 

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Brae

Prepare to enter a picture of the countryside framed by note-perfect Australiana but painted in bold, elegant and unsentimental strokes. Over 10 or more courses, Dan Hunter celebrates his region with dishes that are formally daring (Crunchy prawn heads! Creamy oyster soft-serve! Sea urchin and chicory bread pudding!), yet rich in flavour and substance. The menu could benefit from an edit, but the plates are tightly composed - and what could you cut? Certainly not the limpid broth bathing fronds of abalone and calamari, nor the clever arrangement of lobster played off against charred waxy fingerlings under a swatch of milk skin. The adventure is significantly the richer for the cool gloss of the dining room, some of the most engaging service in the nation and wine pairings that roam with an easy-going confidence. Maturing and relaxing without surrendering a drop of its ambition, Brae is more compelling than ever.

Apple crumble ice-cream


This recipe makes about 1.5 litres of ice-cream.

You'll need

  Ice-cream 600 ml pouring cream 300 ml milk 3 cinnamon quills 5 egg yolks 75 gm caster sugar 45 gm brown sugar   Caramelised apple 120 gm caster sugar 45 ml dessert wine 60 ml pouring cream 20 gm butter 1 apple, peeled, cored and cut into 1cm dice   Crumble 80 gm self-raising flour 70 gm brown sugar 70 gm hazelnuts, coarsely ground 50 gm cold butter, coarsely chopped 1 tsp ground cinnamon

Method

  • 01
  • For caramelised apple, combine sugar, 30ml dessert wine and ¼ cup water in a frying pan and cook over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and cook for 4-5 minutes or until dark golden, add cream and butter and cook for another minute or until combined. Add apple, stir to coat then cook for 5 minutes or until apple is tender. Add the remaining dessert wine, stir to combine, then remove from heat and cool completely.
  • 02
  • For the crumble, preheat the oven to 190C. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and, using fingertips, rub together until mixture resembles coarse breadcrumbs (mixture should have large clusters). Spread over a baking paper-lined oven tray and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Cool completely and coarsely crumble.
  • 03
  • Combine cream, milk and cinnamon quills in a saucepan and bring just to the boil over a medium heat. Remove from heat and stand for 10 minutes to infuse. Whisk egg yolks and sugars in a bowl until thick and pale, pour over cream mixture and whisk to combine. Return to saucepan and cook over a medium heat until mixture coats the back of a spoon, strain into a bowl placed over ice and cool completely. Freeze mixture in an ice-cream machine according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon into a 2 litre-capacity rectangular container, drizzle with half the caramelised apple mixture, swirling to combine and form a ripple effect. Scatter half the crumble mixture on top and freeze for 3 hours or until required. Serve scoops drizzled with remaining caramelised apple and scattered with remaining crumble mixture.

Cooking apples

When it comes to cooking, all apples (and there are lots of 'em!) aren't created equal. The glossy green Granny smith is arguably the best apple for cooking, especially in purées and sauces. Its natural tartness makes it ideal for relishes. golden delicious apples have juicy, aromatic flesh and are perfect to use when you want apples to hold their shape after cooking (as in our cider-roasted spatchcock). They are also suited to apple tarts and could be used in place of Braeburns in the apple, ginger and almond cake. Crisp and juicy braeburns, with a pink-red blush against green skin, are great baking apples, although some would argue they are best enjoyed when eaten raw. Another blushing variety is the pink lady, a cross between golden delicious and Lady Williams. A very popular eating apple, its firm dense flesh also holds up well to caramelising, baking and for use in pies. Dark red and elongated, red delicious are the least suited to cooking. They're best put to use thinly sliced raw through salads, where their sweetness is beautifully offset with a piquant dressing. Other great cooking apples include cox's orange pippin, lady williams and, if you can get your hands on them, crabapples, which make the finest tarte Tatin you could hope to eat (look out for the John Downie variety).


At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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Aug 2007

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