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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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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."

Pumpkin and vermouth risotto with parmesan and mascarpone


Rice dishes are just about the best things you can cook in one pan. Here, the pumpkin lends a sweetness which is balanced by the aromatics of the vermouth.

You'll need

60 gm butter, coarsely chopped 1 tbsp olive oil 700 gm butternut pumpkin, cut into 2cm pieces 1.25 litres (5 cups) chicken or vegetable stock 6 golden shallots, finely chopped 4 garlic cloves, finely chopped 200 gm (1 cup) vialone nano rice 160 ml dry vermouth 60 gm (¼ cup) mascarpone, plus extra to serve 25 gm (1/3 cup) finely grated parmesan, plus extra to serve

Method

  • 01
  • Heat half the butter and half the olive oil in a saucepan over high heat. Add pumpkin and stir occasionally until pumpkin begins to caramelise (8-10 minutes), then remove from pan. Add chicken stock to pan, scrape base of pan with a wooden spoon and bring to the boil, then transfer to a jug and keep warm. Wipe saucepan clean.
  • 02
  • Add remaining butter and oil to saucepan with shallot and garlic and stir frequently over medium heat until shallot is tender (5-10 minutes). Add rice and stir for 1 minute to coat, then add vermouth and cook until absorbed (2-3 minutes). Add pumpkin with 250ml stock and stir frequently until stock is absorbed (3-5 minutes), then add remaining stock 250ml at a time, stirring until stock is absorbed before adding more. Cook until rice is al dente and pumpkin has broken down and coloured the risotto (20-25 minutes). Stir through mascarpone and parmesan, season to taste, serve immediately with extra parmesan.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

Drink Suggestion

Pear and anise-scented white arneis.

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