150 gmunsalted butter, softened8thin slices of sourdough bread80 gmfresh black truffle, thinly sliced
Butter bread slices on one side and arrange truffle slices on buttered side of half the bread slices. Top with remaining bread slices, buttered side down, and sandwich together. Wrap each sandwich in foil, place in an airtight container and refrigerate overnight to infuse.
Remove truffle sandwiches from refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Preheat sandwich press (see note). Remove foil and toast truffle sandwiches for 4 minutes or until bread is golden brown. Cut truffle sandwiches in half, scatter with a little sea salt and serve immediately.
Note If you do not have a sandwich press, place
sandwiches in oven and cook for 5-7 minutes at 200C until golden
Where to buy truffles
You can buy Australian truffles direct from the producers - ask
for Al Blakers, of Manjimup Truffles, at the Five Acre Nursery, (08
9771 2258), or get in touch with fellow West Australians The Wine
& Truffle Company (www.wineandtruffle.com.au), or Duncan Garvey at
Tasmania's Perigord truffles (www.perigord.com.au). Otherwise Simon Johnson
stores around the country have WA truffles in stock, as does
Brisbane's Black Pearl Epicure, and other smaller premium
retailers. If the idea of entering into a truffle co-op appeals but
you can't find like-minded fellows, ask suppliers and delis; some -
such as Sydney's Black Bull Butchery, in Potts Point - organise
their own co-ops, and sell to their customers by the gram.