{recipe} Curau de Milho

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Corn was and is a major stable on our table. I have many family recipes that call for fresh to dried corn. I make them often, but there is one that neither my husband or kids care for very much, but I still take the time to make for myself every year when fresh sweet corn is available. It is a sweet treat, that takes me to back to family and festivals that celebrate rural life, like “Festa Junina.”

If you are in Brazil in June, you can taste this delicious treat, but luckily New York has some fine corn and you can make some curau with a few ingredients.

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RECIPE: “Curau de Milho” Sweet Brazilian Corn Pudding


  • 2 cups of raw sweet corn
  • 3/4 cup of whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup whipping cream (optional, but I add)


1. Cut kernels off of the ears of corn:

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2. you will need:
3/4 cup of whole milk
2 cups of raw sweet corn
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp salt

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3. Blend milk and corn on high speed for about two minutes:

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4. Strain the corn milk mixture through a fine sieve:
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5. Add strained liquid to a heavy bottom pot and add sugar and salt. Cook on low, stirring until thick and the  mixture has reduced to about half; about 30 minutes.

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6. I add 1/2 cup of whipping cream and blend again to make sure the custard is very creamy and there are no lumps:

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7. Pour into dessert cups, chill and serve curau with a dust of cinnamon. Enjoy!

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Author:Ellie M

I am a multimedia storyteller and creator of storycooking.com. I use food as a starting point for conversations. My journey started when I realized food and cameras are at the center of my life and art. Food and cameras are the tools I use to communicate and build interpersonal connections and community. I live in Troy, New York with my husband, two children and our dog Abi. I was born in Brazil and spent most of my childhood weekends on my grandparents’ small farm. There was a story behind everything we did with our food, from how it was picked to how it was cut and cooked.

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5 Comments on “{recipe} Curau de Milho”

  1. September 17, 2013 at 9:11 am #

    niom niom!!!!:) like like it:)

  2. September 17, 2013 at 9:08 pm #

    Reblogged this on Story Cooking and commented:
    Thank you FSC for featuring my family “Curau de Milho” recipe today!

  3. September 18, 2013 at 9:48 am #

    Such a great seasonal treat! I’m going to try it.

  4. September 24, 2013 at 7:04 pm #

    Sounds yummy!

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