Healthy Eating

We're championing fresh food that packs a flavour punch, from salads and vegetable-packed bowls to grains and light desserts.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before 25th June, 2017 and receive a Laguiole cheese knife set!

Gourmet digital

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad or Android tablet.

Aløft

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. 

Secret Tuscany

A far cry from Tuscany’s familiar gently rolling hills, Monte Argentario’s appealing mix of mountain, ocean, island and lagoon makes it one of Italy’s hidden treasures, writes Emiko Davies.

Farro recipes

Farro can be used in almost any dish, from a robust salad to accompany hearty beer-glazed beef short ribs to a new take on risotto with mushrooms, leek and parmesan. Here are 14 ways with this versatile grain.

A festival of cheese hits Sydney

Kick off winter with a week of cheese tasting.

Moon Park to open Paper Bird in Potts Point

No, it’s not a pop-up. The team behind Sydney’s Moon Park is back with an all-day east-Asian eatery.

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.

Grilled apricot salad with jamon and Manchego

Here we've scorched apricots on the grill and served them with torn jamon, shaved Manchego and peppery rocket leaves. Think of it as a twist on the good old melon-prosciutto routine. The mixture would also be great served on charred sourdough.

Discovering Macedonia

Like its oft-disputed name, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia defies simple definition but its rich diversity extends from the dinner table to the welcoming locals, writes Richard Cooke.

Poppy-seed scroll


This is a version of the Hungarian beigli. Traditionally two versions are cooked - the other is stuffed with a walnut filling.

You'll need

600 gm plain flour 250 gm butter, coarsely chopped 10 gm dried yeast Finely grated rind of 2 lemons 100 gm sour cream 90 ml lukewarm milk 1 egg yolk For brushing: eggwash For dusting: pure icing sugar, sieved   Poppy-seed filling 185 gm blue poppy seeds (see note) 160 ml (2/3 cup) milk 110 gm (½ cup) raw caster sugar 100 gm pitted prunes, finely chopped 2 tbsp cherry or blackcurrant jam 2 tsp ground cinnamon Finely grated rind of 1 orange and 1 lemon

Method

  • 01
  • Process flour, butter, yeast and rind in a food processor until fine crumbs form. Add sour cream, milk and yolk, pulse until a soft dough forms (1-2 minutes), then turn onto a lightly floured surface and knead until very smooth (1-2 minutes). Place in a lightly buttered bowl, cover and stand until slightly risen (30 minutes). Knock down dough, knead on a lightly floured surface and stand until slightly risen (30 minutes).
  • 02
  • Meanwhile, for poppy-seed filling, process poppy seeds in a small food processor or coffee grinder to grind, transfer to a saucepan and add remaining ingredients. Stir continuously over medium-high heat until boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer, stirring continuously, until thick and smooth (12-15 minutes). Cool completely.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 220C. Divide dough into two, and roll out each piece on a lightly floured surface into a 20cm x 30cm rectangle. Spread half the poppy-seed filling over each piece leaving a 3cm-border, then, with shortest side facing you, roll into a cylinder. Place each cylinder, seam-side down, on a baking tray lined with baking paper, brush with eggwash, stand until risen (1 hour). Bake for 10 minutes, reduce oven to 180C and bake until golden and cooked through (15-20 minutes). Serve warm or cool, dusted with icing sugar. Scrolls will keep, stored in an airtight container, for 2 weeks.

Note Blue poppy seeds are available from select delicatessens. If unavailable, substitute regular poppy seeds.


At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people
GT
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
Recipe collections

Looking for ways to make the most out of seasonal produce? Want to find a recipe perfect for a party? Or just after fresh ideas for dessert? Either way, our recipe collections have you covered.

See more
2017 Restaurant Guide

Our 2017 Restaurant Guide is online, covering over 400 restaurants Australia wide. Never wonder where to dine again.

See more

At A Glance

  • Serves 10 people

Featured in

Apr 2010

You might also like...

Kourabiedes

recipes

Little almond crostate with roast pears

Strawberry recipes

recipes

Rhubarb and raspberry crostata

A-Class Cookies

recipes

Chestnut cakes with raisins, pine nuts and honey

Honey recipes

recipes

Apple and mascarpone torta

Christmas ham recipes

recipes

Chocolate and hazelnut zuccotto

Pretty in pink recipes

recipes

Olive oil and vin santo torta with candied oranges

Winter tart recipes

recipes

conversion tool

 
get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

×