Cornhusk Meringues with Corn Mousse

This beloved and much-Instagrammed dessert—meringues flavored with charred cornhusk powder and filled with a luscious, sweet corn cream—is from chef Enrique Olvera’s brand-new cookbook, Mexico from the Inside Out.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus cooling


  • 4 dried cornhusks (1/2 ounce)
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh corn kernels (from 3 ears)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup mascarpone
  • 1/4 mascarpone

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the meringues

    Preheat the oven to 450°. Spread the husks on a large baking sheet; bake for 8 to 10 minutes, until lightly browned. Reduce 
the oven temperature to 200°.

  2. Break the husks into small pieces. Transfer to a spice grinder in batches and grind to a powder. Sift the husk powder through a fine sieve.

  3. In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk, beat the egg whites until soft peaks form. With 
the mixer on, gradually beat in the sugar until medium peaks form. Add 2 1/2 tablespoons of the husk powder; beat at medium-high speed until stiff.

  4. Transfer the meringue to a pastry bag fitted with a 3/4-inch round tip. Pipe four 3-inch rounds of meringue onto a parchment paper–lined 
baking sheet. Bake for about 
1 hour and 10 minutes, until the meringues are set and sound hollow when lightly tapped on the bottom. Let cool completely, at least 2 hours.

  5. Meanwhile, make the mousse

    In a skillet, combine the corn, sugar, salt and 3/4 cup of the cream and bring just 
to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat, stirring, until the corn is tender, 5 minutes. Transfer to a blen­der and puree until smooth. Strain the puree through a fine sieve, pressing on the solids. Let cool completely, then whisk in the mascarpone.

  6. In a bowl, beat the remaining 1/4 cup of cream until stiff. Fold into the corn mixture until no streaks remain.

  7. Transfer the meringues to plates and gently crack open with a table knife. Spoon the corn mousse into the meringues and sprinkle with the remaining husk powder. Serve right away.

Make Ahead

The meringues can be stored in an airtight container overnight. The mousse can be prepared through Step 5 and refrigerated overnight

Contributed By Photo © Con Poulos Published September 2015

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