Sweet Corn and Blueberry Trifles

by0| PUBLISHED Aug 28, 2013 10:12 PM
Sweet Corn and Blueberry Trifles
Photography by Laura Sant

Layers of sweet corn pastry cream alternate with an herb-infused blueberry compote and a buttery shortbread crumble in a summery spin on the classic trifle, developed by Yewande Komolafe for her story Summer, Concentrated. Any other berry at its peak, such as blackberries, makes a delicious substitution; try layering the ingredients into mason jars for an easy-to-transport picnic dessert.

Yield: makes about 12 individual trifles

For the Corn Pastry Cream

  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> cup freeze-dried corn kernels, preferably Just Corn
  • 1 tbsp. powdered gelatin
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 ears sweet corn, husks and kernels removed and reserved
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>3</sub> cup sugar
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 1 cup heavy cream

For the Corn Shortbread Crumble and to Assemble

  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> cup flour
  • 3 tbsp. freeze-dried corn kernels
  • 2 tbsp. corn flour
  • 2 tbsp. sugar
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> tsp. kosher salt
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>8</sub> tsp. baking powder
  • <sup>1</sup>⁄<sub>4</sub> cup unsalted butter, cut into 1" cubes and chilled
  • <a href="https://www.saveur.com/blueberry-compote-recipe/">Blueberry Compote</a>, for serving


  1. Make the pastry cream: Pulse dried corn kernels in a mini food processor until coarsely ground; set aside. Combine gelatin and ¼ cup cold water in a bowl and let sit until softened, about 5 minutes; set aside. Combine milk with corn husks and kernels in a 4-qt saucepan. Bring to a simmer over medium heat; remove from heat and steep 30 minutes. Remove and discard husks. Transfer milk mixture to a blender and puree until smooth. Strain milk mixture, discarding solids, and return to saucepan along with the dried corn kernels, and salt. Return to a simmer over medium heat. Whisk sugar and egg yolks in a bowl. Slowly whisk ½ cup hot milk mixture into egg mixture until smooth, then transfer egg mixture to saucepan. Cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of the spoon, 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat and add gelatin mixture, whisking until gelatin is dissolved. Strain custard through a fine strainer into a bowl, set over a larger bowl of ice water. Cover surface of custard directly with plastic wrap; refrigerate until cold. Beat cream to soft peaks and gently fold into custard; set aside.
  2. Make the shortbread crumble: Heat oven to 325°. Pulse flour, corn kernels, corn flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder in a food processor until finely ground. Add butter and pulse into pea-size crumbles. Add egg yolk; pulse until shortbread mixture comes together. Spread on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Bake until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Let cool completely and break into bite-size pieces; set aside.
  3. Assemble the trifles: Layer pastry cream and blueberry compote in small glasses or ramekins; top with shortbread crumble.