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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.

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.

World's Best Chefs Talks

Massimo Bottura and more are coming to the Sydney Opera House.

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."

Light fruit mixture


Use any combination of light-coloured fruit for this mix, although we like a base of golden raisins and sultanas. You could add dried or glacé peaches, dried apples or dried pineapple too. You'll need to begin this recipe at least a week ahead. Like the dark fruit mixture, it will keep in a dark place for a year.

You'll need

360 gm each golden raisins and sultanas 240 gm each dried figs and dried pears, finely chopped 180 gm dried apricots, finely chopped 60 gm each glacé orange and glacé cedro (see note), finely chopped Juice and finely grated rind of 1 lemon 300 ml golden rum or whiskey

Method

  • 01
  • Combine ingredients in a large bowl, then transfer to sterilised jars, seal and stand, turning jars occasionally, to macerate (at least a week and up to a year).

Note Makes about 1.8kg. Cedro is the fruit of the citron tree. Glacé cedro is available from select delicatessens, Simon Johnson and David Jones food halls. If it's unavailable, substitute candied orange peel or candied lemon peel.


At A Glance

  • Serves 4 people
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  • Serves 4 people

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