September 6, 2012

Vanilla Pudding....Easy as 1-2-3!

There is one special request from grandbabies that I can always count on! One of those little, easy to prepare desserts that comfort you on rainy, cool, fall days....just like a hug from Grandma! Homemade vanilla pudding! I can so remember my own mother having this very thing ready for us when we returned home from school. Anytime my little lovies request this......their wish is my command!

This simple and delicious pudding comes together with just a handful of ingredients and a little bit of stirring. The hardest part is waiting for it to set before the kids—or you—can devour it.

Homemade Vanilla Pudding
1/3 cup granulated sugar
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
2 1/4 cups whole milk
3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Combine the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a medium saucepan and whisk until incorporated. While constantly whisking, slowly drizzle in 1/4 cup of the milk until smooth. Whisk in the egg yolks and remaining milk. Place the saucepan over medium heat and cook, whisking often, until the pudding begins to thicken and just starts to bubble, about 6 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium low and switch to a rubber spatula. Stir constantly, scraping the bottom and sides of the pan, until the pudding makes visible ribbons when drizzled over the surface, about 5 minutes.
Remove from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla extract until the butter is melted and completely incorporated. Immediately transfer the pudding to 4 (4-ounce) ramekins or resealable containers. Lightly press a piece of plastic wrap on top of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming. Chill in the refrigerator until set, about 2 hours.


  1. Mom also made this when I was a child, have not had in a long time! My canning is slowing down this week so i am making this for my grand daughter today thanks for the memory!

  2. That's great Kim! I know she will love the fact that you made her something special! Another memory we share! Enjoy!!


I so love receiving your thoughts and comments. I also hope you found something that made you smile.