AT A GLANCE
"The newest Bodega classic - concocted around Easter; staying on the menu forever," say Abrahanowicz and Milgate. "In true Bodega style, it's a crazy combo of ingredients that just work." The chefs make their own daikon kimchi; we've bought ours in.
|01||Place corned beef, onion, carrot, celery, bay leaf and peppercorns in a saucepan, and cover with water (about 1.25 litres). Bring to the boil, reduce to a gentle simmer and cook until tender (3-3½ hours; top up with water when needed).|
|02||For hot cross buns, grease a 17cm-square cake tin and line with baking paper. Combine milk, molasses, egg and 75ml lukewarm water in a bowl, stir in yeast and stand in a warm place until foamy (4-5 minutes). Combine rye flour, sugar, cocoa, spices, 215gm baker’s flour and a pinch of salt in an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, add margarine and mix to fine crumbs. Gradually add yeast mixture, and knead until smooth and elastic (7-8 minutes). Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and stand in a warm place until doubled in size (1-2 hours). Divide into nine even pieces, roll into balls and place in prepared tin. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and stand until doubled in size (45-55 minutes). Preheat oven to 170C. Combine extra molasses with a few drops water and brush tops of buns. Mix remaining flour with enough water to form a thick paste (about 35ml), transfer to a piping bag with a 5mm plain nozzle and pipe crosses on the buns. Bake until golden brown and cooked through (20-25 minutes). Cool on a wire rack, then halve.|
|03||For smoked oyster mayo, process oysters, egg yolk, vinegar and mustard in a food processor to combine, then, with motor running, gradually add oil in a thin steady stream until thick and emulsified. Season to taste and refrigerate until required. Smoked oyster mayo will keep for 3 days.|
|04||Melt half the butter in a large frying pan over medium heat, add half the bun halves cut-side down and cook until toasted (3-4 minutes). Wipe pan with paper towels, and repeat with remaining butter and buns. Heat a char-grill pan to high heat. Drain and thinly slice corned beef, and grill until warm and slightly smoky (20-30 seconds each side).|
|05||To serve, spread oyster mayo on both sides of buns, fill each with 2 slices of corned beef, top with kimchi and chilli, sandwich with tops and secure with toothpicks or skewers.|