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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."

Fig recipes

Figs. We can't get enough of them. Here are a few sweet and savoury ways to add them to your summer spread.

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.

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.

Top Australian chefs to follow on Instagram in 2017

A lot has changed since we first published our pick of the best chefs to follow on Instagram (way back in the dark ages of 2013). Here’s who we’re double-tapping on the photo-sharing app right now.

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."

And so to bed... restaurants in Italy with bedrooms

Pepe in Grani

Pepe in Grani

After a memorable meal in the Italian countryside, simply retire upstairs.

Some of Italy's finest kitchens and vineyards are fuori pista, so off-piste that finding a place to stay after a languorous meal or wine-tasting can be a challenge. A handful of entrepreneurs have responded by adding rooms to their menus.

When Franco Pepe, a third-generation baker and well-respected pizzaiolo, opened Pepe in Grani in October 2012 in his native Caiazzo, 50 kilometres north-west of Naples, diners flocked from all over Italy. They came to taste his flawlessly executed thick-rimmed pizze topped with locally sourced mozzarella, heirloom tomatoes, seasonal produce and cured anchovies. There was only one problem: there was no place to sleep off their pizza dinner. A first in Caiazzo, Pepe in Grani opened two simple yet comfortable rooms above the pizzeria in December, using local artisans to fit and furnish.

Pasticceria Besuschio, founded in 1845, is a landmark in Abbiategrasso, 26 kilometres west of Milan. Andrea Besuschio, a fifth-generation pastry chef, has added two well-appointed rooms above his bakery for travellers and overnighting Milanese, drawn to his Saint Honoré and tiramisù.

An hour's drive north-east of Venice, near the UNESCO-listed town of Cividale del Fruili, is Orsone, a tavern and restaurant run by celebrity restaurateur and vigneron Joe Bastianich and his mother, Lidia. In August, they opened four attractive double rooms upstairs, making this an excellent base for exploring vineyards in the Friuli-Venezia Giulia region and neighbouring Slovenia.

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