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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.

World's Best Chefs Talks

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

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.

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."

Chocolate coconut tart with passionfruit and banana


Passionfruit and chocolate may seem an unusual combination, but the two are surprisingly compatible, with the passionfruit adding a fruity tang to the mix. The macaroon-style crust makes this ideal for the gluten-intolerant among us, and is delicious to boot.

You'll need

110 gm (1/2 cup) caster sugar 2 eggs, separated 250 flaked coconut Whipped truffle filling 200 ml pouring cream 70 ml passionfruit juice (from 3-5 passionfruit; see note) 220 gm dark chocolate (55 per cent- 60 per cent cocoa solids),finely chopped 3 egg yolks 1 tbsp caster sugar

Method

  • 01
  • For coconut crust, preheat oven to 180C, and butter and line a 21cm-diameter springform cake tin with baking paper. Whisk sugar and yolks in an electric mixer until thick and pale (4-5 minutes). In a separate bowl, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form, then fold into yolk mixture along with coconut and a pinch of salt. Spoon the coconut mixture into prepared tin, spreading evenly over base and two-thirds of the way up the sides. Bake until golden (20-25 minutes), then, while still warm, press down on base to flatten. Set aside to cool.
  • 02
  • For whipped truffle filling, bring cream and passionfruit juice to the boil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Remove from heat, add chocolate, stand for 5 minutes, then whisk until smooth. Whisk yolks, sugar and 1 tbsp water in a bowl over a saucepan of simmering water until pale and fluffy (3-4 minutes), then transfer to an electric mixer, add chocolate mixture and whisk on high speed until cooled to room temperature (10-15 minutes). Pour into pastry case and refrigerate until set (4-5 hours). This tart can be made a day ahead.
  • 03
  • To serve, top tart with sliced banana, passionfruit pulp and shaved coconut.
  • 04
  • Note: To extract passionfruit juice, process pulp in a food processor, then strain it through a sieve.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 - 8 people
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  • Serves 6 - 8 people

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