Lobster club with saffron mayonnaise, crispy serrano ham and watercress on chipotle brioche

  • Preparation Time45 mins
  • Cooking Time25 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyMedium

For the chipotle brioche

1 envelope active dry yeast
2 tbsps sugar
315ml warm whole milk
1.6kg plain flour
2 tbsps rock salt
2 large eggs
7 large egg yolks
50g chipotle in adobo puree
330g room unsalted butter, cut into pieces and slightly softened, plus more to rub on top of the loaves

For the crispy serrano ham

60ml pure olive oil
8 slices thinly sliced Serrano ham

For the lobster salad

60ml red wine vinegar
1 large pinch saffron
1 tbsp honey
225ml prepared mayonnaise
2 cloves garlic, mashed to a paste
75g finely diced celery
40g finely diced red onion
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
750g fresh lobster meat, chopped
2 spring onions, thinly sliced
1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
Watercress
Bread
Unsalted butter
Chipotle Brioche, recipe above
For the chipotle brioche:
1) Combine the yeast, sugar and milk in a small bowl and let sit until foamy, about 5 minutes.

2) In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine the flour and salt. Mixing on low speed, add the yeast mixture and mix until combine. Mix together the eggs, egg yolks, chipotle puree in a bowl and slowly add the mixture to the flour while continuing to mix on low speed. Mix in the butter, piece by piece until combined and continue mixing until the dough is silky and springy, about 10 minutes.

3) Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and lightly knead for 30 seconds. Place in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with clean kitchen towel or cling film and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Lightly punch down, cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes longer.

4) Butter a 30 by 10cm or 12.5 by 10cm loaf pan. Shape the dough into a loaf, being careful to press out any air, and place in the prepared pan. Rub the top with more softened butter, cover with cling film and let rise for 2 hours more in a warm place.

5) Preheat the oven to 190 degrees C. Bake until golden brown and firm on top, about 25 minutes.

6) Cool in pan for 5 minutes then remove and let cool on baking rack.

For the crispy Serrano ham:
1) Heat oil in a large saute pan over high heat until oil begins to shimmer. Carefully add 2 slices of the ham at a time and cook until crispy on both sides. Remove to a plate line with paper towels.

For the lobster salad:
1) Bring vinegar to a boil, add the saffron, remove from the heat and let steep for 10 minutes.

2) Whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, garlic and honey in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add the celery, onion and lobster meat and gently fold to combine. Add the parsley (and spring onion, if using) and season with salt and pepper.

3) Top lobster salad with crispy serrano ham, tomato and watercress on the chipotle brioche.

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