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Blissful Corn Torte

Blissful Corn Torte 6.000

The Washington Post

Book Report Mar 13, 2013

Rice flour lightens this souffled combination of corn pudding and corn bread. Serve with stuffed peppers, as is the custom in Mexico. Leftovers are good for breakfast, with fresh berries and a bit of confectioners’ sugar on top.

Here, we've cut the original recipe in half.


Servings: 6 - 9
Ingredients
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, at room temperature, plus more for the baking dish
  • 6 1/4 tablespoons rice flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 cups fresh or frozen/defrosted corn kernels
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 6 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature, separated into yolks and whites
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher or coarse sea salt

Directions

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Use a little butter to grease an 8 1/2- or 9-inch square baking dish.

Combine the rice flour and baking powder in a bowl or on a sheet of waxed paper. Combine the corn kernels and milk in a blender or food processor; pulse to form a coarse puree.

Beat the butter in the bowl of a stand mixer or hand-held electric mixer on high speed until creamy and lightened. Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl, then add the sugar. Beat on medium speed until well incorporated and fluffy.

Reduce the speed to low; add the egg yolks one at a time, beating to incorporate after each addition. On low speed, gradually and alternately add the rice flour mixture and the heavy cream, beating until well incorporated.

Stop to scrape down the sides of the bowl. Add the corn-milk puree and beat on low speed.

Beat the egg whites and salt in a separate, clean bowl on medium and then high speed to form stiff peaks.

Gently fold about a fifth of the egg whites into corn batter until no trace of white remains, then fold in the remaining egg whites, taking care not to deflate them; some white streaks may remain.

Gently transfer to the baking dish, spreading the mixture evenly. Bake for 45 to 60 minutes or until springy to the touch and lightly browned.

Serve warm, cold or at room temperature.


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Recipe Source

Adapted from "Pati's Mexican Table: The Secrets of Real Mexican Home Cooking," by Pati Jinich (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2013).

Tested by Bonnie S. Benwick.

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Nutritional Facts

Calories per serving (based on 9): 250


% Daily Values*

Total Fat: 16g 25%

Saturated Fat: 9g 45%

Cholesterol: 130mg 43%

Sodium: 230mg 10%

Total Carbohydrates: 24g 8%

Dietary Fiber: 1g 4%

Sugar: 11g

Protein: 5g


*Percent Daily Value based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Total Fat: Less than 65g

Saturated Fat: Less than 20g

Cholesterol: Less than 300mg

Sodium: Less than 2,400mg

Total Carbohydrates: 300g

Dietary Fiber: 25g

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