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Bodega’s hot cross buns recipe

This recipe offers a savoury take on classic hot cross buns, courtesy of Sydney's Bodega.
Bodega's hot cross buns

Hot cross bun sandwiches

William Meppem
9
1H
3H 45M
4H 45M

“In true Bodega style, it’s a crazy combo of ingredients that just work,” say Bodega owners Elvis Abrahanowicz and Ben Milgate of this savoury take on the classic hot cross bun.

Ingredients

Hot cross buns
Smoked oyster mayo

Method

Main

1.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).
2.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.
3.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.
4.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).
5.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.

Drink Suggestion: Ambar 1900 beer. Drink suggestion by Joe Valore

Notes

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