Corn pudding was on my must-try list for this year’s Kentucky Derby party– the Southern classic of a rich custard filled with sweet corn and dreams. It’s dessert posing as a vegetable side dish!
I fancied up the whole thing by dividing it into individual ramekins and then topping each ramekin with a layer of sugar and torching it, creme brûlée-style! I loved the addition of the crunchy sugar crust to the creamy, souffle-like pudding.
Brûléed Corn Pudding
Adapted from Southern Living
- 6 cups fresh corn kernels (cut from about 12 ears fresh corn)
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 3 tablespoons flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
- 6 large eggs
- 2 cups cream
- 1/2 cup butter, melted
- additional sugar for brûlée topping
Preheat oven to 350°.
Combine sugar, flour, and baking powder in small bowl and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, cream, and melted butter in a large bowl. Add sugar mixture to egg mixture, whisking until smooth; stir in corn. Pour mixture into a lightly greased ramekins (about 8 medium, 1-cup ramekins).
Place all ramekins on a baking sheet and bake for 35-40 minutes or until set. Remove from oven and allow to cool. May be made ahead up to this point – wrap in plastic and store in refrigerator for 2-3 days.
Cover top of each pudding with a thick layer of sugar. Place under a broiler or torch with a kitchen torch until sugar is completely melted and deep brown.
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Photos by Adam Findley