Vanilla Pudding

Super creamy and easy, this classic pudding is great all on its own or can be dressed up with our suggested stir-ins.

Total Time:
4 hr 20 min
Prep:
10 min
Inactive:
4 hr
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
6 to 8 servings (about 4 cups)
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 4 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup cornstarch
  • Kosher salt
  • 5 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Stir-ins (optional), see below for suggestions
Directions
  • Heat 4 cups of the milk in a large saucepan over medium heat until steaming.

  • Whisk the sugar, cornstarch and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a large bowl. Whisk in the egg yolks and the remaining 1/2 cup milk.

  • Whisk half of the hot milk into the egg mixture until smooth, then gradually whisk the egg-milk mixture into the saucepan. Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the mixture boils. Continue to cook, whisking constantly, until it has thickened to a puddinglike consistency, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla.

  • Cool slightly, stirring a few times to prevent a skin from forming. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on top of the pudding and refrigerate until completely cooled and thickened, about 4 hours.

  • Before serving, whisk the pudding vigorously until smooth and creamy.

  • Stir-ins:

  • Cookies and Cream: Crush 20 chocolate wafer cookies, stir some into the pudding and top with the rest.

  • Fresh Berries and Gingersnaps: Fold in 2 cups of fresh, mixed berries and top with about 12 finely crushed gingersnaps.

  • Vanilla-Banana: Fold in 3 sliced bananas. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Fold in 24 crushed vanilla wafer cookies and top with more sliced bananas.

  • Rocky Road: Fold in 1 cup each mini marshmallows and toasted chopped walnuts and 1/2 cup of mini chocolate chips. Sprinkle with more chocolate chips.

  • Peanut Butter* and Jelly: Fold in 1 cup quartered red grapes and 1/3 cup each chopped roasted peanuts and peanut butter chips. Top with whole grapes.

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  • Some people have allergies to peanuts, and if serving to guests, please make them aware of the inclusion of this peanut product.


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