Rosemary and sea salt bread with truffle rarebit and Parma ham


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Rosemary and sea salt bread

  • 2 sprigs of rosemary, leaves only
  • 600g of strong white flour
  • 7g of dried yeast
  • 15g of salt
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 400ml of water, tepid
  • 10ml of olive oil
  • flaky sea salt

Ham and mustard rarebit on toast

For the bread, combine the dry ingredients (except the flaky sea salt) in a large bowl. Mix the honey with half of the water then, if using a food mixer, gradually add the honey, olive oil and water to the dry ingredients, beating with a dough hook until elastic
  • 600g of strong white flour
  • 7g of dried yeast
  • 2 sprigs of rosemary
  • 15g of salt
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 200ml of water, tepid
  • 10ml of olive oil
Add the rest of the water and continue to beat until the dough has come together into an elastic ball. If you do not have a food mixer, mix all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and slowly add water until a dough comes together
  • 200ml of water, tepid
Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, or until the dough is a smooth ball. Place in a bowl, cover with a damp cloth and allow to prove for 1 hour
Once the dough has doubled in size, knock back and cut into 3 even pieces. Roll out into a baguette-like shape, place on a lined baking tray and leave at room temperature to prove until the bread has doubled in size again
Preheat the oven to 200°C/gas mark 6
Brush the loaves with water and sprinkle with some flaky sea salt, then bake in the oven for 18 minutes
For the rarebit, melt the butter in a pan over a low-medium heat, then stir in the flour. Warm the beer and add to the butter and flour along with the cheddar
Heat gently until the cheese melts, stirring with a wooden spoon but taking care not to overwork the flour
Remove from the heat and add the Worcestershire sauce, mustards, egg yolks and seasoning. Blitz in a blender until emulsified and smooth. Store in the fridge until required
To serve, slice the bread and toast under the grill on one side
On the other side place 2 slices of ham and spread the rarebit mixture on top. Place back under the grill and cook until golden brown
  • 8 slices of Parma ham
Adjust the seasoning, sprinkle over some chives and serve immediately
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