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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."

Chorizo hotdogs with chimichurri and smoky red relish

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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.

Australia's best rieslings

We’re spoilt for variety – and value – in Australia when it comes to good riesling. Max Allen picks the top 20 from a fine crop.

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."

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.

World's Best Chefs Talks

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

Raspberry and peach butterscotch pudding


This version of Christmas pudding is lightened up by the more modern (and antipodean) addition of fresh raspberries, peaches and ginger. Serve with good vanilla ice-cream for the perfect hot-cold end to Christmas lunch or dinner.

You'll need

300 gm golden raisins 200 gm sultanas 170 gm brown sugar 50 gm glacé orange, diced 50 gm stem ginger in syrup (drained), diced 120 ml green ginger wine 80 ml brandy 50 gm honey 1 ripe peach, unpeeled, coarsely grated, plus extra wedges, to serve Finely grated rind and juice of ½ orange and ½ lemon 1 tsp ground ginger ½ tsp ground cinnamon 240 gm self-raising flour 200 gm fine fresh white breadcrumbs 120 gm chilled butter, coarsely grated 50 ml ginger beer 2 eggs 125 gm raspberries, plus extra to serve For dusting: icing sugar   Ginger butterscotch sauce 170 gm brown sugar 160 ml pouring cream 50 gm golden syrup 50 gm butter, coarsely chopped 50 gm coarsely grated ginger

Method

  • 01
  • Combine raisins, sultanas, brown sugar, glacé orange, stem ginger, ginger wine, brandy, honey, peach, rind, juice and spices in a bowl, mix well, cover and stand to soak (2-3 hours). Add flour, breadcrumbs, butter, ginger beer and eggs, stir to combine, then gently stir in raspberries. Spoon into a buttered 2.25-litre pudding bowl lined with a round of baking paper at the base, smooth top, then cover closely with a buttered round of baking paper. Cover with 2 layers of foil, secure with kitchen string and place in a large saucepan on an upturned saucer or scrunched-up piece of foil (this insulates the base of the pudding from the base of the pan). Pour in enough boiling water to come almost to rim of pudding bowl, bring to the boil, then cook over medium heat until centre is firm when pressed lightly (3-3½ hours; top up with extra boiling water as necessary). Cool and wrap to store or, if serving immediately, stand for 15 minutes, then turn out of bowl.
  • 02
  • For ginger butterscotch sauce, while pudding cools, stir sugar, cream, golden syrup and butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat until sugar dissolves, then bring to the boil and cook until slightly thickened (8-10 minutes). Remove from heat, squeeze juice from ginger into sauce, stir to combine and set aside.
  • 03
  • Dust pudding with icing sugar and serve it warm with ginger butterscotch sauce, and extra peaches and raspberries.

Note If you make the pudding ahead, reheat it in its bowl following the same process as for cooking. It will take 2 hours to heat through.  


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  • Serves 10 - 12 people
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