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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."

Twice-baked Roquefort and mushroom soufflé


Twice-baked soufflés are almost completely foolproof and the first stint of baking can be done several hours in advance, making them ideal for entertaining.

You'll need

80 gm butter, coarsely chopped 1 garlic clove, finely chopped 300 gm Swiss brown mushrooms, trimmed and halved 350 ml milk 2 golden shallots, finely chopped 60 gm plain flour 4 eggs, separated 2 tbsp finely chopped flat-leaf parsley 200 gm Roquefort, coarsely crumbled 480 ml pouring cream 1 cup (loosely packed) mixed herbs, such as chervil sprigs, tarragon leaves, chives batons and flat-leaf parsley leaves 30 ml olive oil 15 ml Champagne vinegar

Method

  • 01
  • Preheat oven to 180C. Melt 30gm butter in a small saucepan with garlic, season to taste. Divide mushrooms evenly between two baking-paper-lined oven trays, drizzle with butter mixture, season to taste. Place one tray of mushrooms in oven, roast until tender (10-15 minutes). Process in a food processor until finely chopped and set aside. (Reserve remaining tray of mushrooms to serve.)
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, bring milk to the simmer in a saucepan over medium heat and keep warm. Melt remaining butter in a separate saucepan over medium heat, add shallot and stir occasionally until soft (2-3 minutes). Stir in flour and stir continuously until sandy-coloured (1-2 minutes). Gradually whisk in warm milk, whisking continuously until smooth. Bring to the boil, reduce heat to low-medium and stir occasionally until thick and smooth (4-5 minutes). Remove from heat, stand for 5 minutes, beat in egg yolks and finely chopped mushroom mixture, season to taste. Add parsley and fold in 80gm Roquefort without breaking down cheese. Whisk eggwhites until firm peaks form, fold into Roquefort mixture, then spoon into six 250ml-capacity buttered and floured metal dariole moulds. Place in a roasting pan, fill pan halfway up sides of moulds with hot water, bake until risen and golden (15-20 minutes). Remove from water bath, invert each soufflé into a small shallow buttered ovenproof bowl and set aside until required.
  • 03
  • Just before serving, divide cream among soufflés, drizzling over and around. Scatter over remaining Roquefort and bake until cream is bubbling and soufflés are golden (10-15 minutes). Roast reserved mushrooms while soufflés are cooking.
  • 04
  • Combine roast mushrooms, herbs, olive oil and vinegar in a bowl, season to taste and serve immediately alongside soufflés.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people

Drink Suggestion

Juicy, fruity red Beaujolais.

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