Recipe note from Kate Jacoby: "This custard is so simple. I use a coconut milk, but you could use any plant milk – oat milk, almond milk, anything. I use coconut milk because it’s rich and creamy. It's a great canvas for just about any kind of flavor you want to jump into."
1) Shave the corn kernels off the cobs into a medium saucepan.
2) Add the milk and coconut milk, agave, vanilla, salt and agar. Heat over medium, stirring occasionally, until it comes to a boil, about 10 minutes. Keep the mixture at a rolling boil to allow the agar to fully dissolve, stirring occasionally, about 5 minutes.
3) Carefully transfer the mixture to a blender. Add the cornstarch and blend for 30 seconds. (Make sure the top of your blender is secure when blending hot liquids!)
4) Strain the contents through a sieve into a clean saucepan, bring just to a boil, and immediately remove from the heat. Ladle the custard into six heat-resistant ramekins or serving dishes.
5) Allow the custards to cool at room temperature for 30 minutes before transferring to a refrigerator. Let them chill for at least 2 hours before serving.
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