Saturday, September 28, 2013

Corn Timbale

To market, to market to buy a fat pig, but I came home without one jiggity jig. That's not to say I came home empty handed. Corn, at twelve ears for a dollar, was an unprecedented bargain, even for markets in this area. I loaded my basket with 24 ears and hatched a plan to do some recipe testing that I've postponed for a long time now. I've been holding on to two very old recipes that I wanted to try, and corn, at that price, provided the incentive I needed to finally proceed. Both recipes are variants of corn pudding. One of them turned out to be very pedestrian and is not worth your time. The other is Julia Child's corn timbale and it is interesting only because the recipe is hers. I must admit a prejudice going into this. I have never understood why it's necessary to take a delicious vegetable and try to make something of it that it's not. Corn is a very basic thing. A timbale usually is not. A timbale is a molded dish that holds a custard that's used to bind a mixture of cheese and vegetables or meat together. A true mold has high sides and is closed at the bottom, much like a charlotte pan. The dish is baked in a hot water bath and allowed to sit briefly before unmolding. The corn timbale is a good looking dish, but it takes a lot of butter and cream to get it to the table and I'm not much into showmanship these days. I'll let you read the recipe and decide if you want to proceed with it on your own. I found it to be pleasant, but strangely bland for one of Julia's recipes. If you don't have a corn creamer, you can use the large holes of a box grater to scrape the ears and make corn milk. Here's Julia's recipe. Bon Appetit! Kinda! Sorta! Maybe!

Corn Timbale...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite, courtesy of Julia Child


3 cups corn milk (scraped from the cob with a corn creamer)

6 large eggs

3 tablespoons minced onion

1 teaspoon salt

1/4 cup chopped parsley

2/3 cup fresh breadcrumbs

2/3 cup grated swiss cheese

2/3 cup heavy cream

1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1/4 teaspoon freshly-ground black pepper


Butter an 9-cup charlotte mold or high-sided baking dish and line the bottom with a round of parchment paper. Whisk together corn, eggs, onion, salt, parsley, breadcrumbs, cheese, cream, red pepper, and black pepper. Pour into prepared charlotte mold. Set mold in a larger dish and pour boiling water around it to come two-thirds of the way up its sides. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes, then turn down the oven to 325 and bake for 45 minutes. Let rest for 10 minutes, then unmold onto a serving plate. Yield: 6 to 8 servings.

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Spoon Bread with Leeks and Gruyere Cheese - One Perfect Bite

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Southwestern Corn Pudding - Janet is Hungry

Baked Corn Casserole - Never Enough Thyme

Corn Spoon Bread - Deep South Dish

Classic Corn Pudding with Cheddar and Chives - The Runaway Spoon

Corn Pudding - Closet Cooking

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