When we dream of corn on a hot summer day, we conjure up thoughts of melted butter, tangy lime and even crumbly cheese. But one ingredient we rarely associate with the cob is sugar…until now.
Bacon has long been the savory dessert ingredient of choice, thrilling us with its salty addition to our sweet dishes. Now corn is moonlighting on the pastry scene, lending its subtle sweetness to treats across the board. Chock full of creamy natural starches and a pleasingly bright flavor, corn is our new go-to ingredient for summer desserts.
Try steeping it in milk and cream as the base for a pudding, ice cream or panna cotta. The kernels will not only impart flavor, but will tint the cooking liquid with a beautiful hatched-chick yellow. We think it's the perfect color, and flavor, for a summer day.
Corn Recipes from the Web:
• Mais con hielo (pictured above) at Crispy Waffle
• Corn Panna Cotta with Dulce de Leche at Epicurious
• Corn and Coconut Pudding - at Epicurious
• Sweet Corn Budino with Blueberries and Cornmeal Shortbread at the James Beard Foundation
Andrea Christine Bearce is a freelance writer and former executive pastry chef based in Austin, Texas. She has a degree in Classic Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute in New York City.
(Image: Sheryl of Crispy Waffle)