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How to Make Vanilla Pudding Recipe


If you’ve never made homemade pudding, this recipe from my friend Martha will help you change your mind about whether or not it’s worth it to think outside of the Jello box.


  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Place a fine-mesh sieve over a medium bowl; set aside.
In a medium saucepan, off heat, whisk together sugar, cornstarch, and salt. If making chocolate pudding, add 1/3 cup high quality cocoa powder.

Very gradually (a few tablespoons at a time) whisk in milk…

…taking care to dissolve cornstarch.

Whisk in egg yolks.

I don’t mean to brag, but my homegrown chicken eggs made for a lovely yellow pudding.

Whisking constantly, cook over medium heat until the first large bubble forms and sputters.

Reduce heat to low; still whisking, cook 1 minute. I know, right?

Remove from heat; immediately pour through sieve into bowl. We’re almost done. Much easier than you thought, huh?

Stir butter and vanilla into hot pudding. I use vanilla paste which I like better, that and it leaves pretty little vanilla bean specks in the pudding. Oh so pretty.

Place plastic wrap directly on surface of pudding (to prevent skin from forming); chill at least 3 hours and up to 3 days. Before serving, whisk pudding until smooth; divide among four serving dishes.

Isn’t she loverly? If only you could have smelled this vanilla blessedness when I made this pudding you probably would have kicked down my door to get some and I would have said “Hey, just knock. You’re always welcome.” Yeah, or something like that.

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