Creamed corn

Creamed corn

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The Natural Cook
Serves
4
Photographer
Laura Edwards

A staple in the US, but rarely eaten in the UK. I wouldn’t touch the canned stuff but, made with fresh corn cut from the cob, it is sumptuous.

Ingredients

Quantity Ingredient
2 sweetcorn cobs
50ml double cream
knob butter

Method

  1. Stand the corn on its end, hold it firmly and cut off the kernels with a sharp knife in long strokes. Now break them up with your hands. Next, using a soup spoon, scrape all the mushy pulp and ‘milk’ out of the cob. Put the pulp and kernels into a heavy-based pan or skillet with the cream, butter and 50 ml water. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 10 minutes, until the cream begins to thicken. Season to taste, then serve.

Variations

  • Chowder: Finely chop 1 onion, 1 potato and 1 celery stick and gently fry in light olive oil for 10 minutes with 1 sprig of thyme. Add 1 quantity creamed corn and 500 ml milk. Bring to the boil, then reduce to a gentle simmer and cook for 15 minutes. Add 300 g flaked smoked fish, or some cooked bacon lardons, if you like. Serves 4.

    Creamed corn ice cream: Add 500 ml double cream and 300 ml whole milk to 1 quantity unseasoned creamed corn and bring to the boil. Meanwhile, whisk 8 egg yolks with 50 g rapadura or raw cane sugar until it thickens. Add the hot creamed corn to the egg yolk mixture, stirring constantly, then return to the pan over a very low heat. Cook for a few minutes, stirring constantly, while it thickens. Strain out the corn, returning just a couple of spoons to the custard (save the rest for reheating and eating as an extra-rich side dish). Freeze in a freezer-proof container, whisking every two hours until it is set. Serve in scoops as a simple pudding. Makes about 1 litre.

Storage

  • The creamed corn will keep for three days in a sealed container in the fridge. Reheat the creamed corn in a saucepan with a little milk, if needed, to loosen the texture.
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