Sweet Corn Pudding
This is corn pudding if it were a creamy dessert (versus the wonderful savory Southern casserole dish by the same name). Those who love majarete — a pudding of fresh corn, milk and cinnamon enjoyed in Cuba, the Dominican Republic and Venezuela, among other parts of Latin America — may recognize this simple, elegant treat, here flavored with vanilla. A good amount of salt accentuates the corn’s natural essence, which you can draw out very easily by simmering corn on the cob in milk. With this recipe, you get two goodies in one: the sweet, golden pudding, plus a heap of milk-poached corn on the cob for snacking later. You can eat this as is, warm or chilled, or topped with a dollop of whipped cream.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 3ears fresh corn (about 2 pounds), shucked and cut into 3-inch pieces
- 3cups/720 milliliters whole milk (or use unsweetened oat milk), plus more as needed
- ½vanilla bean, split lengthwise and scraped, seeds reserved, or 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ¾teaspoon kosher salt (Diamond Crystal)
- ⅓cup/66 grams granulated sugar
- 2tablespoons cornstarch
- 2large egg yolks
Step 1Combine the corn, milk, vanilla bean and seeds (if using) and salt in a medium saucepan. Set over medium-high heat and bring to a simmer. Immediately reduce the heat to low, partly cover with a lid and gently simmer, stirring occasionally so the milk doesn’t boil over, until the milk is fragrant with corn, about 30 minutes. Turn off the heat, remove the corn cobs and enjoy them later as a snack or with dinner, or store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. You should have about 2 cups milk. If needed, add more milk.
Step 2In a medium bowl, whisk together the sugar, cornstarch and egg yolks. Add about 1/4 cup of the hot corn milk and whisk vigorously until smooth. Add this cornstarch mixture to the large pot of corn milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking constantly until the pudding thickens, bubbles and coats the back of a spoon, 3 to 5 minutes.
Step 3If using vanilla extract, stir it in now; if you used vanilla bean, remove it. If you have any lumps, pass the pudding mixture through a sieve set over a bowl, discarding any solids.
Step 4Spoon the pudding into individual bowls or cups and enjoy warm, or you can place a sheet of parchment paper directly over the surface of the pudding (so a skin doesn’t form), cover and chill in the refrigerator to enjoy cold. The covered pudding will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.