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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."

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

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

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

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."

Warm chocolate-espresso fondants


You'll need

70 gm dark chocolate (64% cocoa solids), finely chopped 60 gm unsalted butter, coarsely chopped 20 ml espresso coffee 2 eggs 100 gm caster sugar 50 gm plain flour To serve: double cream   Espresso ganache 150 gm white chocolate, finely chopped 1 tbsp pouring cream 20 ml espresso coffee

Method

  • 01
  • For ganache, combine ingredients in a small heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water until chocolate is melted. Stir until smooth then refrigerate for 3-4 hours or until firm, then roll heaped teaspoons of mixture into balls and refrigerate until required.
  • 02
  • Combine chocolate, butter and espresso in a heatproof bowl placed over a saucepan of simmering water until melted, stir until smooth and remove from heat. Combine eggs and sugar in a separate large heatproof bowl and whisk over a saucepan of simmering water for 7-8 minutes or until thick and pale. Remove from heat, fold in chocolate mixture, sieve over flour and fold in. Refrigerate for 3-4 hours.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Half-fill 6 buttered and floured 150ml-capacity metal dariole moulds with pudding mixture, place an espresso ganache ball in the centre, then top up with more pudding mixture and place on an oven tray. Bake for 7-8 minutes or until risen and just firm to the touch, stand for 5 minutes then turn onto serving plates and serve immediately with double cream.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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