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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."

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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."

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Sugar-crusted rhubarb hand pies


You'll need

350 gm rhubarb, cut into 3cm pieces 75 gm caster sugar, plus extra for scattering 1 vanilla bean, split and seeds scraped Juice of 1 orange and finely grated rind of 2 150 gm (about 1 punnet) raspberries 250 gm quark (see note) 35 gm (¼ cup) pistachios, finely chopped 2 tbsp pure icing sugar, sieved 870 gm shortcrust pastry (see note) 1 egg, for eggwash For scattering: demerara sugar

Method

  • 01
  • Bring rhubarb, sugar, vanilla bean and seeds, half the rind and juice to the boil in a saucepan over medium heat, then reduce heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until rhubarb breaks down (15-20 minutes). Cool, then add raspberries and stir.
  • 02
  • Stir quark, pistachios, icing sugar and remaining rind in a bowl and set aside.
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 200C. Roll out pastry on a lightly floured surface to 4mm thick, place on a tray and refrigerate to rest (30 minutes). Cut out twenty-four 9cm rounds. Place half the pastry rounds on a tray lined with baking paper, spread each with ½ tbsp of quark mixture, leaving a 1cm border, then top with a dollop of rhubarb mixture. Brush edges of pastry with eggwash, top with remaining pastry rounds and press edges with a fork to seal. Cut a small cross in the tops with a sharp knife, brush with eggwash, scatter with demerara sugar and bake until golden (20-25 minutes). Cool briefly and serve with remaining quark mixture.

Note Quark is a soft cheese available from select delicatessens and health-food shops. If it's unavailable, substitute ricotta. We used 2 sheets of Carême vanilla bean sweet shortcrust pastry; to make your own, check out our shortcrust pastry recipe.


At A Glance

  • Serves 12 people
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  • Serves 12 people

Drink Suggestion

Pink Lambrusco.

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