Remove green husks and silk from corn, being careful to keep husks whole. Discard silk. Place husks in large pot of boiling water and blanch 1 minute. Remove from water; drain.
Cut kernels off cobs. Place half of the kernels and onions in blender container; cover. Blend on medium speed until smooth. Pour into large bowl. Place remaining corn kernels, butter, baking powder, eggs and cornmeal in blender container; cover. Blend until smooth. Add to corn puree in bowl. Stir in cheese. (Batter will be thick but not stiff.)
Place 2 of the corn husks on work surface, with long sides slightly overlapping. Spoon 1/4 cup of the corn puree onto bottom half of the husks; fold the top of the husks over the filling. Fold in half from the left side, then fold in half again from the right side. (One end of each humita should remain open.) Repeat with 34 of the remaining corn husks and remaining corn puree. Keep folded ends in place by tieing closed with thin strips of the remaining corn husks.
Fill a large pot with 2 cups water. Line steamer basket with half of the leftover corn husks; place in pot. Stand the humitas, open ends up, in the basket; cover with the remaining corn husks. Cover the pot with a lid. Bring water to boil on high heat. Reduce heat to low; steam 30 minutes or until humitas are firm.
Spend time with your loved ones making these humitas, then enjoy one serving as a reward for your work.
Ecuadoran cooks place a coin in the bottom of the pot before adding the steamer filled with humitas. The coin noisily vibrates on the bottom of the pot as the water simmers. The coin stops making noise when all the water has evaporated. This tells the cook that additional boiling water is needed.
Dry corn husks can be used instead of the fresh corn husks. Blanch in boiling hot water, then use as directed.
Calories From Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g
Saturated Fat 7g
Trans Fat 0g
Total Carbohydrates 20g
Dietary Fibers 2g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Makes 9 servings, 2 humitas each.
* Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin and freshness of ingredients used.