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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.

Crêpes Suzette


This dish is a classic, and for good reason - the sheer theatre of flaming the dish is a winner, but so too is the tang of citrus.

You'll need

175 gm plain flour 50 gm caster sugar Finely grated rind of 1 orange 500 ml (2 cups) milk 3 eggs 80 gm melted butter, plus extra for brushing 50 ml Cointreau or Grand Marnier, plus 60ml extra, to flamber 1 ruby grapefruit, peeled and segmented 2 oranges, peeled and sliced into rounds 2 blood oranges, peeled and sliced into rounds   Suzette butter 110 gm (½ cup) caster sugar Finely grated rind and juice of ½ orange and ½ lemon 150 gm softened butter 40 ml Cointreau or Grand Marnier 40 ml Cognac or brandy

Method

  • 01
  • Combine flour, sugar, orange rind and a pinch of salt in a bowl and make a well in the centre. Whisk milk, eggs and butter in a separate bowl, then gradually add to flour mixture, whisking until very smooth. Whisk in liqueur, then transfer batter to a jug, cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 1 hour to rest.
  • 02
  • Heat a 21cm crêpe pan over medium-high heat, brush with melted butter, then pour in 60ml crêpe batter, swirling pan quickly to spread evenly over base. Cook until golden on the base (1-2 minutes) and bubbles appear on the surface, then turn to cook other side (30 seconds). Transfer to a tray lined with baking paper, wipe out pan with paper towels and repeat with remaining batter, stacking crêpes as you go.
  • 03
  • For Suzette butter, combine, sugar, rinds and juices in a bowl, stir to dissolve sugar, then beat in butter, stir in liqueur and Cognac, and set aside.
  • 04
  • Melt a little Suzette butter in crêpe pan, add a crêpe and cook, turning once, to coat (10-15 seconds), fold into quarters and transfer to a flameproof dish. Repeat with remaining crêpes, adding a little Suzette butter each time. Add remaining Suzette butter to crêpe pan, bring to a simmer and cook to a syrup consistency, then pour a little more over crêpes and the remainder in a jug to serve alongside. Return pan to heat until warm, add extra Cointreau, carefully ignite with a long match, tilting pan away from you (be careful, alcohol will burst into flames), then pour flaming liqueur over crêpes. Serve warm with citrus segments and slices and Suzette syrup.

At A Glance

  • Serves 4 - 6 people
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  • Serves 4 - 6 people

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