Wednesday, August 22, 2012

CREAMY CORN PUDDING


My girl Lilah doesn't like to brush her hair. She's way too busy playing imaginary games, collecting rocks and flowers, listening to Harry Potter on CD, kicking butt in Tae Kwon Do, and sometimes she is just too busy... cooking.

When my friends Leslie and Ethel gave me a copy of their book At the Farmers' Market with Kids, I was stoked, and so were Otis and Lilah. My kids like their time in the kitchen, especially when they're in charge. With corn still in its late-summer sweet spot around here, the corn pudding recipe seemed like the one to try. Lilah was the chef, and I was her assistant.


Leslie and Ethel's book gives clear directions for young readers and highlights simple tasks for even younger kids. Lilah and I had a blast making these creamy puddings.

Needless to say, you don't have to be a kid to enjoy this recipe...


INGREDIENTS from At the Farmers' Market with Kids by Leslie Jonath and Ethel Brennan
{printable recipe}
  • 1.5 to 2 cups fresh corn kernels, cut from 2 large ears of corn
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped chives
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup grated white cheddar
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup yellow cornmeal

Preheat oven 350. Butter one 8 inch baking dish (or I used four 4 inch ramekins).

Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.  Saute the shallot, chives and corn kernels, stirring occasionally until corn has softened - about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and salt. Stir in grated cheese and set aside.

In a medium sauce pan, bring 2 cups of milk to a gentle boil. Whisk in corn meal. Lower heat, stir regularly, and cook corn meal until it resembles a thickened porridge - about 5 minutes of cooking.

Remove sauce pan from heat, whisk in the remaining cup of milk, the corn mixture, and the egg mixture. Pour into buttered baking dish(es).

Bake the pudding(s) for about 45 minutes until the tops are golden brown. A toothpick stuck into the center of the pudding should come out clean.

Eat and enjoy!



Serves 4-6

58 comments:

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    1. Thanks Mal, the custards were really good. I loved the fresh corn.

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  2. Love pictures of Lilah in action!
    I can only imagine how fun it must be to cook with your own daughter :)

    and pudding looks fantastic!

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    1. Thanks Monika! So fun to cook with Lilah. She barely lets me help at all - she wants to do everything herself. I drew the line at letting her use an uber-sharp knife to cut the corn kernels from the cob. But otherwise, it was her show and I was just along for the ride.
      I hope you're well.
      xo
      E

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  3. A great documentary post! Love the contrast of colours in your photos!

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    1. Thanks Emi, "documentary." I like that. Hopefully Lilah will look back on it fondly. I wonder if my girl will ever decide that hair brushing is her thing;) I don't really care about that, but I do hope she will always love to cook.
      xo
      E

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  4. I love the action in your shots for this post. It is clear the Lilah is full of spunk and confidence and your pictures portray that.

    Supper cute!

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    1. Thanks so much! That girl of mine is a spunky one indeed.

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  5. What a cute daughter and lovely pudding!

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. Thanks Rosa. I like them both myself;)

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  6. It's sweet corn week at la Domestique, and I can't wait to try these puddings! Your little one is so sweet- being around kids in the kitchen is so much fun too!

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    1. It's that time of year, isn't it! Corn and tomatoes are everywhere for this last hit of summer. I'm coming over to check out your recipes.

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  7. That would a winner over here for sure! Looks delicious.

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    1. Sarah, is it hard to imagine that your kids were ever that young? I'm hoping Lilah will still be cooking with (or for) me when she's a teenager!

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  8. Your photos are stunning. They totally set the mood. And my appetite. ;)

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    1. Carolyn, I'm trying to hold on to summer. Can't you tell;)

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  9. I am still giggling that your daughter doesn't like to brush her hair - that is so cute! Looks like you have a chef in the making. This creamy corn pudding looks and sounds amazing!!! Hope your week is going well!!!

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    1. All good here Lisa, thanks! I sure hope both Lilah and Otis will enjoy cooking their whole lives. I grew up cooking with both my mom and dad and that really started my love of the kitchen.
      xo
      E

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  10. What a great sounding book! When I have kids I definitely plan to get them as hooked on cooking as I am!

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    1. Oh it is so fun to cook with kids. It's amazing how adventurous kids are about eating when they are allowed to make food themselves. It's so empowering and this cookbook is a perfect tool.
      xo
      E

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  11. Yet another dish you've posted that I need to try ASAP!

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  12. It looks like your daughter doesn't really neeeed to brush her hair... I don't brush mine much either, but it's a lose-lose situation: if I brush it, I have a white girl afro, if I don't, I have a matted clump of knots.

    This is a great looking recipe:) I love your baking dishes!

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    1. I giggled when I read your comment Emma. The truth is that I'm not the best about brushing my own hair either! In fact I always like the messy look. Maybe I'll just let Lilah work on some dreads:)
      xo
      E

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  13. I love corn .. specially summer corns and these days I am using it in every where. Having said that, never thought of making pudding with corn but I am curious now :)

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    1. Kankana, corn makes me happy too. I've been wanting to make corn pudding for ages and never got around to it until now. I'm glad I finally did!
      xo
      E

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  14. Love, love, love that you're getting your kids excited about cooking at a young age :) Gorgeous photos as always, and serendipitously, I just bought a massive amount of corn at the farmers' market this weekend!

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    1. Yippee! Here's to sweet corn and savoring summer. And to cookin' kids too:)

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  15. I totally love corn and growing up we had fields of it on our dairy farm. I am allergic however, but I am so glad others can have it! Corn is so versatile and yummy hot or cold. This looks delicious and Lilah looks like a pro already. You have darling kids, so worldly already. Wonderful pictures too. All is well here.

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    1. Lucky you to grow up on a farm. All that freshness can't be beat. But that's such a bummer you can't have corn now. Sorry Oli.
      Good to hear from you always.
      xo
      E

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  16. Corn and cheddar are natural born companions and this pudding sounds delicious. Right up my alley. If I had kids they'd so be making this for me :)

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    1. I'm sure you would Renee. It's great to have kitchen helpers. I smiled as Lilah made herself a tortilla with quacamole for breakfast this morning.
      xo
      E

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  17. Does that ever look good! Thanks so much for the inspiration...

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    1. Thanks Jill! My pleasure.

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  18. This looks fantastic! I bet the kids loved making and eating it :)

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    1. Totally. Lilah could barely keep herself from eating all the sauteed corn before it even went in the pudding.

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  19. She must be a very talented chef, because the finall effect looks great. I like the pictures of her in the action, it's so positive. I'll try to get this book :)

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    1. The puddings did turn out well, didn't they:) The recipe was great and super fun for my girl and me.

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  20. Lilah, what a pretty name. I love that you cook with your kids, Erin. I'm not sure corn pudding would have appealed to me as a kid, but it sure does now! Looks wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Kathryne. I love having the kids in the kitchen with me. They have such good attitudes and always seem to be game to try something new - making me a happy mama!

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  21. So stinkin' cute! This looks like a great book. I can imagine it's really fun to cook from!

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  22. Thanks Kaitlin! The book really is great. Good gift too;)

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  23. That looks just like its supposed to. I've been eating corn pudding all my life.

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    1. Lucky you! From here on out, corn pudding will be on rotation in my house too:)

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  24. So cute! The corn pudding looks delicious, and I love the dishes it's served in.

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  25. Your daughter is gorgeous and I love that she is interested in cooking this early!!
    Beautiful recipe too! xx
    Najwa

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    1. Najwa, I feel really lucky that Lilah likes to play in the kitchen. Cooking should be fun, right? And tasty too, of course.
      xo

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  26. Ohhh corn is my favorite vegetable (well.. one of my favorites) so this is right up my ally!!

    Your daughters hair and way in the kitchen are really really adorable. She's going to grow up to be a whiz in the kitchen (actually she already seems like one)

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    1. Hey there Stephanie, I think she'd like to take over already! My girl loves to be in charge;)
      I hope you're well.
      xo

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  27. I've been sitting here thinking about corn pudding all day. These look great! And, what a great book to share with your daughter.

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    1. Lisa, I keep wondering how have I not been making corn pudding for years!

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  28. How fun this must have been. Family in the kitchen is the best! And I love corn recipes because gluten is usually not a problem. I'll definitely be giving this one a try.

    As a kid, I used to love having the job of shucking the corn. Of course, my mom would always remind me to keep it over the trashcan, but I still always made a mess! And still do.. Glad you and the kids had fun with this one. :)

    xo,
    Christina

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    1. Hey there Christina Marie, Corn is a favorite at our house too - it's so friendly to us gluten-free folks:)

      You're a shucker too! I was the corn shucker in our house when I was a kid. I'm passing the tradition on to my kiddos. I keep them out on the back steps so that the silk can scatter every which way.

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  29. This recipe looks amazing! My mother in law holds a "corn party" every year. Except it's no party, it's all of us cutting corn off the ear to freeze. Nice to have any new ways to use up that corn.

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  30. This recipe is great. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks for you note Kate. I'm so glad you liked the recipe!

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E

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