Tuesday, 25 August 2009

Corn Pudding

For some reason we've been eating a lot of corn this summer. I don't know why; it hasn't been a great year for corn what with the prolonged chilly weather we had for the first half of the summer. I'm certainly not eating my own home-grown corn; I was just starting to wonder how I could tell when it was ripe, but now I think I have it figured out. It would have been ripe about 2 weeks after the raccoons ate it. Little bastards. Raccoon-proof corn-bed fence now on the to-do or at least to-be-attempted list for next year.

Anyway, this makes a substantial but fairly simple vegetarian main dish, and would be good for a pot-luck, as it sits fairly well and is good just warm as well as when it is hot. A green salad or simple steamed green vegetable, such as broccoli or beans, will finish the meal off nicely.

4 to 6 servings
1 hour 20 minutes - 20 minutes prep time

Corn Pudding
6 cobs of corn
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup flour
250 grams cream cheese
1 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
4 extra-large eggs
1/4 cup milk

Husk the corn. Preheat the oven to 350°F, and put an 8" x 10" lasagne pan or other similar shallow baking dish into the oven, with the butter in it, until the butter melts.

Meanwhile, cut the corn from 4 of the cobs, and scrape the cobs. Put the corn kernals and scrapings into a food-processor with the flour, the cream cheese cut into chunks, the sugar, salt and pepper. Process until well blended.

Add the eggs and milk, and process again. Cut the corn from the remaining 2 cobs of corn, and scrape the cobs.

Take the pan with the melted butter out of the oven, and tilt it to cover the bottom and sides with butter. Pour the batter from the food processor into the prepared pan, and mix in the hand cut corn. Bake for 50 minutes to an hour, until firm and lightly browned. Let sit about 5 minutes to rest before serving.

Last year at this time I made Stir-Fried Chicken with Peaches & Peppers.

1 comment:

Joanne said...

Awww that's too bad about the corn! Those sneaky little raccoons. The corn I had recently was pretty delicious but maybe it was just an exceptionally good batch. Either way, the pudding looks great!