DSCF2709Aside from ripe berries and stone fruit, one of the best flavors of summer is sweet corn.  It complements just about every summer main dish – from pulled pork barbecue and fried chicken to crab cakes and shrimp boils.  I had a very memorable dinner earlier this season at the Spring House on Block Island: Scallops with Lobster and Corn Pudding, topped with fresh arugula and garnished with chive infused olive oil and a red pepper coulis.  Savoring every bite, I resolved myself to try to make a versatile corn pudding that could be dressed up or down depending on what it is paired with.

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You can make this corn pudding a few different ways:

  • puree the corn for a smooth texture

  • leave the corn kernels whole

  • bake in a bain-marie for even cooking and a soft texture

  • bake straight in a baking dish for browned edges and a crusty edge

I wanted a more rustic dish this time around, so I left the kernels whole and cooked straight in the oven.

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Ingredients:

5 ears of corn, husked
8 tbsp unsalted butter (1 stick)
5 large eggs
¾ cup of half and half
½ cup milk
½ cup yellow cornmeal
1 ¼ cup ricotta
1 cup mascarpone
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Remove kernels from the cob.  Melt butter in a large pan and saute corn kernels about 5 minutes.

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In a large mixing bowl, whisk the eggs and mix in half and half and milk.  Using a large spoon or spatula, add ricotta, mascarpone, and corn meal.  Stir until smooth.  Finally, add sugar, salt, and vanilla and combine thoroughly.

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Pour into a medium-size baking pan.  I chose a 9”x13” pan so that I could cut the pudding into squares for serving, but you can also bake in separate ramekins (perfect for a bain-marie) or in a casserole dish if you prefer to serve family-style.

Bake for 40-45 minutes.  Remove from oven and serve immediately.

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