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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."

Virgins’ breasts


You'll need

  Icing 375 ml (1½ cups) milk 55 gm (¼ cup) sugar 35 gm (¼ cup) cornflour ¾ tsp vanilla extract 1 piece lemon rind, removed with a peeler 40 gm (¼ cup) coarsely chopped candied orange ½ tsp ground cinnamon 320 gm (2 cups) pure icing sugar, sifted 8 candied cherries   Pastry 225 gm unsalted butter, softened 80 gm caster sugar 1 egg yolk 1 tsp finely grated lemon rind 475 gm plain flour

Method

  • 01
  • In a heavy-based saucepan, whisk together milk, sugar, cornflour and ½ tsp vanilla and lemon rind. Place over medium heat and, whisking constantly, bring to the boil. Reduce heat and simmer for a minute, then remove from heat and cool. Stir through candied orange and cinnamon and set aside until required.
  • 02
  • For pastry, cream butter and sugar using an electric mixer, then add egg yolk and beat to combine. Stir in lemon rind, ¼ tsp salt, flour and 50ml water and knead gently until a soft dough forms. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Roll out dough to about 3mm thick on a lightly floured work surface, then cut out 8 circles using an 8cm-diameter cutter and 8 circles using a 10cm-diameter cutter. Spoon ¼ cup of custard mixture into the centre of each 8cm circle to create a mound. Brush edges with water and place the larger pastry circles on top, pressing edges to seal. Place on baking paper-lined oven trays and bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • 04
  • Whisk together icing sugar, 2 tbsp boiling water and remaining vanilla in a bowl until smooth. Spoon icing over cooled pastries and place a cherry on top. Biscuits will keep in the refrigerator for up to three days.

At A Glance

  • Serves 8 people
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  • Serves 8 people

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