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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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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.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

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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."

Cloudy quince jam with Manchego seed crackers


The psyllium husks in these crackers makes them extra crisp and light. Start this recipe a day ahead to make the quince jam. Makes 750gm quince jam and 16 crackers.

You'll need

1.4 kg (about 4 medium) quince, cored and roughly chopped 400 gm caster sugar 3 thyme sprigs To serve: Manchego   Manchego seed crackers 125 gm (¾ cup) sunflower seeds 20 gm (¼ cup) psyllium husks (see note) ¼ tsp baking powder 45 gm (¼ cup) white sesame seeds 30 gm (2 tbsp) black sesame seeds, plus extra to serve 35 gm (½ cup) Manchego, finely grated 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Method

  • 01
  • For jam, simmer quince and 2 litres water in a deep saucepan until tender (1½-2 hours). Purée quince, then pass through a sieve into a saucepan and bring to a simmer. Add sugar, stir to dissolve and simmer mixture until it’s dark pink, thick and glossy, and jam sticks to a chilled plate when dripped (1-1½ hours). Add thyme and 1 tsp cracked black pepper, pour into a sterilised 800gm jar and store in a cool place. Cloudy quince jam will keep for up to 2 months.
  • 02
  • For crackers, preheat oven to 180C. Finely grind sunflower seeds in a food processor, add psyllium husks, baking powder and 1 tsp sea salt, and process to combine. Add sesame seeds and cheese and, with the motor running, gradually add oil and 1 tbsp water, and process until mixture starts to clump together (1-2 minutes). Turn out onto a sheet of baking paper, bring dough together, flatten, then place another sheet of baking paper on top and roll out to 2mm square. Remove top sheet and score diagonal criss-cross indentations in pastry with a knife or pizza cutter at 10cm intervals to form 16 even diamond shapes, then, still on baking paper, transfer to a baking tray. Sprinkle with sea salt and black sesame seeds and bake, turning tray halfway through cooking, until golden brown and crisp (15-20 minutes). Cool on tray, then break at indentations and serve with Manchego cheese and cloudy quince jam. Seed crackers will keep stored in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Note Psyllium husks are available at most supermarkets and health-food shops.


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