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You'll need

600 gm corn kernels (from 4 cobs, cobs reserved) 1 garlic head, halved horizontally, plus 1 extra clove, finely chopped 2 leeks, trimmed and washed 150 gm butter, coarsely chopped 180 ml pouring cream   Lime butter 160 gm cold butter, coarsely chopped 3 limes, juice and finely grated rind only

Method

  • 01
  • Combine reserved corn cobs in a large saucepan with garlic head halves and 1.5 litres of water. Coarsely chop 1 leek, add to pan and bring to the simmer over medium-high heat. Cook, skimming occasionally, until corn stock is flavoursome and reduced by two-thirds (20-25 minutes), strain, discard solids. Makes about 350ml.
  • 02
  • Heat 110gm butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Thinly slice remaining leek, add to pan with extra garlic clove, sauté until very tender (8-10 minutes). Add corn, sauté until just tender (8-10 minutes), then add cream and corn stock. Bring to the simmer, reduce heat to low, season to taste, half cover with a lid and simmer, stirring occasionally, until corn is very tender and liquid is almost completely reduced (25-30 minutes). Transfer to a food processor, pulse until coarsely chopped, add remaining butter, process until smooth, season to taste and keep warm.
  • 03
  • Meanwhile, for lime butter, combine butter and juice in a small saucepan over low heat and warm until just melted (1-2 minutes). Add rind, season to taste, cook gently to infuse (1-2 minutes; do not boil). Drizzle over creamed corn and serve hot.

At A Glance

  • Serves 6 people
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  • Serves 6 people

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