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Homemade Vanilla Pudding

September 11, 2018
4 Stars
Photo by Bobbi Lin
Author Notes

I discovered this vanilla pudding because it's the type of recipe where you always have all the ingredients you need: butter, eggs, sugar, cornstarch, organic milk for creaminess, and vanilla. The best thing about this snack—aside from how easy it is to make—is choosing the toppings. My favorite: a tropical fruit mixture. Depending on the time of year, I'll do anything from mangoes or apricots to blueberries and peaches. You can also use this recipe to make a super-simple frozen dessert: icebox pudding cake. All you need is vanilla pudding, pound cake, heavy whipping cream, and your favorite toppings. —Jenny Rosenstrach

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Homemade Vanilla Pudding
  • Prep time 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Cook time 10 minutes
  • Serves 4
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 cups organic dairy milk (2% or whole)
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Optional toppings: chopped tropical fruit; toasted coconut and blueberries; shaved dark chocolate; fresh bananas and crushed Nilla Wafers
In This Recipe
  1. Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan.
  2. Pour 1/4 cup of the milk into the sugar mixture, stirring to form a smooth paste. Whisk in the remaining milk and the egg yolks.
  3. Cook the pudding mixture over low heat, stirring with a wooden spoon until thickened, about 10 minutes. Do not allow it to boil.
  4. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Scrape the pudding into four individual bowls. (Unless making pudding cake; in that case, just scrape into a bowl.)
  5. Cover each bowl with plastic wrap, pressing the surfaces to make an airtight seal. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.

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6 Reviews

Doğa August 25, 2019
This is the best vanilla pudding recipe of all time. I make this recipe almost every week. It's delicious and easy to make. I love it.
megan May 24, 2019
vanilla pudding with stewed rhubarb...yum!
porkphat October 1, 2018
Can this be made with almond milk?
mckenzie September 26, 2018
This was tasty and quite easy. At first I thought it wasn't going to thicken, but then it came together really fast. I'm glad I used a whisk instead of a wooden spoon though because there were a couple of lumps.
Laken September 25, 2018
Definitely trying this tonight! To clarify- you whisk everything together cold, right? And then cook? Thanks!
Erin September 22, 2018
Turned out beautifully silky - love it! Delicious with a dusting of cinnamon on top.