Fresh Corn Soup & Zucchini Muffins

Margaret Roach’s Summer Fest veggie of the week is Corn.  And of course, our guest recipe blogger, Doris Cassar, has a great seasonal recipe that fits the bill.  Enjoy!  — Joan

My daughter Edith and I love corn and never tire of finding new ways to prepare it. This light, simple soup came about when I was craving a warm bowl of “something corny” but not quite in the mood for a heavy chowder laden with bacon and potatoes. Frozen corn can be substituted for fresh-but by all means use fresh if you have it. One of our favorite sources is Millerhurst Farm on rte 82 in Ancramdale. It’s such a treat to drive up and choose some of the freshly picked ears of corn. The fact that the soup is smooth and creamy, without lots of “stuff” makes it just right for picky kids. The addition of 2% milk instead of cream makes it light enough to enjoy in summer or early fall.

These zucchini muffins are a perfect accompaniment to this soup. The recipe is a variation on one from an old friend of my Mom’s. We always think of Stella when we bake these.

Fresh Corn Soup

Ingredients:

  • 3 tbl butter
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic-chopped
  • 2 small onions-chopped
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 1/2 tbl salt
  • 1 32oz box of chicken stock (I like organic)
  • 6c fresh corn* (cut from approx 8 ears) OR 2 16oz bags of frozen corn
  • 1 1/2c 2% milk
  • chopped fresh basil (optional)

Directions:

1. In a large stock pot, over medium heat, melt the butter.  Add the onions and garlic-saute until soft.
2. Add salt and pepper.
3. Add the stock and the corn and bring to a boil. Simmer about 15 min.
4. Add the milk & stir for 2-3 minutes until just combined.
5. In a blender or food processor, blend until smooth. You can also pass the soup through a sieve, a food mill or chinois for an extra smooth consistency. Adjust seasonings.
6. Serve, garnished with a sprinkling of fresh basil.

Serves 6-8

*Don’t shy away from cutting fresh corn off the cob. Hold the cob upright on a large cutting board (or in a large bowl) With a large, sharp knife, starting in the middle of the cob, slice down removing all the juicy kernels. Turn and repeat.

Zucchini Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4c sugar
  • 1 1/2c flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c canola oil
  • 1 1/2c grated zucchini (I use a box grater)

Directions:
Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.  Line 2 muffin pans with paper baking cups.

1.  In a large bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
2.  In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, oil and squash.
3.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry. Combine.
4.  Pour into muffin tins, filling about 2/3 full.
5.  Bake for 20-30 minutes or until the tops are lightly golden brown and a tester comes out clean.
6.  Place on a cooling rack.

Makes about 12 regular muffins.

Joan is the founder and owner of Hammertown Barn. Creating comfortable, inviting and living spaces is her passion.

    4 Comments

    • Reply August 13, 2010

      Joan

      Love this recipe…definately going to try it. And the photograph..absolutely beautiful. Doris…we are thrilled to share your recipes and your style with our community. Off to Millerhurst Farm in Ancramdale to get some corn and put this recipe to the test!

    • Reply August 13, 2010

      Janet Fitzgerald

      For the past few years, 3 of us get together to husk, cook, cut and freeze fresh corn from Millerhurst Farm to enjoy over the winter. I’ve learned from these ladies that an electric knife makes cutting easier and this year I’ll try using a bunt cake pan (with hole in middle) to support corn as I’m cutting. The kernels then fall right into the pan. Just wanted to pass this on and am looking forward to trying the recipes.

      • Reply August 15, 2010

        Doris

        Janet,
        What a wonderful tip! I am definitely going to try this method. I love finding new ways preserve the summer bounty for those cold wintery days. Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply August 15, 2010

      Mary Cassar

      The muffin recipe does give a very moist muffin. They make a good winter treat for children when they come home from school.

    Leave a Reply