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Fresh Michigan Sweet Corn Custard
August and early September are THE two best months to enjoy the best sweet corn Michigan farmers have to offer.
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- 2 ears Michigan Sweet Corn, Shucked
- 1 Qt. Heavy Whipping Cream
- ½ cup Granulated Sugar
- ½ tsp. Sea or Kosher Salt
- 1 tsp. Pure Vanilla Extract (or Paste)
- 2 Extra-Large Eggs
- 6 Extra-Large Egg Yolks
- Strip the kernels from the cobs, and while doing so, scrape down any of the cob’s juices with a knife. Cut the cobs in half, and place all into a medium-size saucepan with the cream, sugar and salt. Stir and set aside for a few hours.
- After the mixture has rested, place it in a medium-size saucepan, (with the cobs still in) bring it to a boil and then immediately remove it from the heat. Transfer the hot mixture into a separate storage container or bowl, and refrigerate it until cool.
- Preheat the oven to 275°F.
- In a medium-size bowl, beat together the eggs, the yolks and the vanilla extract.
- Discard the corn cobs from the cream mixture and then blend it until smooth with a food processor, immersion stick blender or a traditional blender.
- Slowly add the beaten egg mixture to corn mixture while continuing to blend.
- Strain this finished mixture through a fine-mesh sieve (or strainer) into a bowl.
- Place eight 4-ounce ramekins (or custard cups) in a deep baking dish, and then divide the custard mixture among them.
- Add enough water to the baking dish (1 to 2 cups) to create some moisture. Cover loosely with aluminum foil and bake for about 45 minutes, turning the dish around about halfway through the baking time to ensure even heat.
- When the corn custard gently springs back to the touch, remove the pan from the oven and the ramekins from the water bath.
- Lightly cover the ramekins with plastic film to prevent a skin (like a pudding gets) and refrigerate approximately 3 to 4 hours or until fully chilled.
- Makes approximately 8 – ½ Cup Custards
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