Classic Vanilla Pudding – Vanilla Pudding from Scratch

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Classic Vanilla Pudding is a recipe that everyone should master.  Making vanilla pudding from scratch is fast and easy, and the result is smooth, velvety, creamy, delicious dessert.

Classic Vanilla Pudding Recipe:

Have you ever made a homemade pudding recipe? If the answer is no, then you are missing out on one of the finer things in life. Now, don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing wrong with using a boxed pudding mix; however, there’s no comparison to a homemade, stove-top pudding.

Homemade pudding is truly a custard made with milk, egg yolks and cornstarch (to thicken).  Once you learn a basic pudding recipe or technique, the sky is the limit. You can try new flavors like chocolate or peanut butter, or you can throw the pudding in a pie crust and call it a cream pie.  Amaretto Sugar Cream, Lemon Meringue Pie and Peanut Butter Pie are some of my favorite pudding pie recipes.

Vanilla Pudding from Scratch

This particular old fashioned pudding recipe comes from a book of recipes of the First Mennonites in Montgomery, Indiana.  I was super excited to find this recipe.  With the help of my 6-year old, we went at it, and whipped up this classic vanilla pudding in no time.

How do you make pudding from scratch?

The process includes making a dry mixture and wet mixture, combining the two, and then cooking over medium heat while stirring constantly.  It always amazes me how fast the pudding thickens once the mixture comes to a boil.  After one minute of boiling, the pudding is thick, velvety and smooth.

For a smooth, lump-free old fashioned vanilla pudding, press the warm pudding through a sieve.

Ingredient List for Vanilla Pudding from Scratch

Sugar

Cornstarch

Salt

Milk (whole milk, if possible)

Egg yolks

Butter

Vanilla Extract

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Pudding:

  1. In a small 2-Qt saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  2. Whisk together milk and egg yolks in a separate bowl.
  3. Gradually pour in the milk mixture to the dry ingredients while whisking.
  4. Cook over medium heat; stirring constantly. Add the butter to the mixture so it melts as it heats up.
  5. Bring the mixture to a boil for 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  6. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla.
  7. Cool slightly; press wax paper or plastic wrap against the pudding and chill completely in the refrigerator.

For the full recipe steps and ingredient amounts for classic vanilla pudding, scroll to the bottom of this post in the recipe card. 

Notes About Easy Homemade Vanilla Pudding:

  • Use granulated sugar not powdered sugar in this classic vanilla pudding.
  • I highly recommend using either whole or 2% milk for a thick pudding texture.
  • If your pudding has lumps, feel free to push through a sieve to make smooth.  (A few lumps never killed anyone).
  • To easily separate egg yolks from the whites, crack the egg in half, and use the egg shell to separate.  Over a bowl, pour the yolk from one half shell to the other and the whites will seep out on their own into the bowl.
  • Save the egg whites for an omelet or try your hand at homemade angel food cake.
  • Homemade pudding tends to form a skin on top. To prevent this, press a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper against the pudding before chilling in the refrigerator.
  • Try this easy chocolate version of homemade pudding.
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Our Favorite Old-Fashioned Dessert Recipes

Old-Fashioned Dessert Recipes are our jam! Try our favorites:

Grandma’s Cherry Fluff

Caramel Corn

Date Pudding with Toffee Sauce

Grandma’s Apple Crisp

Persimmon Pudding

Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Molasses Cookiesfrom Farmwife Feeds

Classic Vanilla Pudding is a recipe that everyone should master.  Making vanilla pudding from scratch is fast and easy, and the result is smooth, velvety, creamy, delicious dessert.
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Classic Vanilla Pudding - Vanilla Pudding from Scratch

Classic Vanilla Pudding is a recipe that everyone should master.  The process is fast and easy, and the result is smooth, velvety, creamy, delicious dessert. 
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time1 min
Total Time11 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: classic vanilla pudding, homemade pudding, homemade pudding with eggs, how to make vanilla pudding from scratch, vanilla pudding, vanilla pudding from scratch
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 254kcal
Author: Barbara

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Instructions

  • In a 2-quart saucepan, mix sugar, cornstarch and salt.
  • Whisk together milk and egg yolks in a separate bowl.
    Classic Vanilla Pudding is a recipe that everyone should master.  Making vanilla pudding from scratch is fast and easy, and the result is smooth, velvety, creamy, delicious dessert.
  • Slowly add milk mixture to the dry mixture while whisking.
    Classic Vanilla Pudding is a recipe that everyone should master.  Making vanilla pudding from scratch is fast and easy, and the result is smooth, velvety, creamy, delicious dessert.
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat; add the butter so it melts as the mixture warms up.
    Classic Vanilla Pudding is a recipe that everyone should master.  Making vanilla pudding from scratch is fast and easy, and the result is smooth, velvety, creamy, delicious dessert.
  • Bring to full boil for 1 minute, or until thickened, whisking constantly.
    Classic Vanilla Pudding is a recipe that everyone should master.  Making vanilla pudding from scratch is fast and easy, and the result is smooth, velvety, creamy, delicious dessert.
  • Remove from heat; stir in vanilla.
  • Optional: press pudding through sieve to remove lumps.
    Classic Vanilla Pudding is a recipe that everyone should master.  Making vanilla pudding from scratch is fast and easy, and the result is smooth, velvety, creamy, delicious dessert.
  • Cool slightly; push a piece of plastic wrap or wax paper against the pudding. Eat warm or chill in the refrigerator before serving.
    Optional: top with sliced bananas and vanilla wafers.
    Classic Vanilla Pudding is a recipe that everyone should master.  Making vanilla pudding from scratch is fast and easy, and the result is smooth, velvety, creamy, delicious dessert.

Notes

  • Use granulated sugar not powdered sugar.
  • I highly recommend using either whole or 2% milk for a thick pudding texture.
  • If your pudding has lumps, feel free to push through a sieve to make smooth.  (A few lumps never killed anyone). 
  • To easily separate egg yolks from the whites, crack the egg in half, and use the egg shell to separate.  Over a bowl, pour the yolk from one half shell to the other and the whites will seep out on their own into the bowl. Save the white for an omelet or try your hand at homemade angel food cake. 
  • Homemade pudding tends to form a skin on top. To prevent this, press a piece of plastic wrap or waxed paper against the pudding before chilling in the refrigerator.
  • Try Homemade Chocolate Pudding, too!

Nutrition

Calories: 254kcal | Carbohydrates: 37g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 155mg | Potassium: 171mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 415IU | Calcium: 149mg | Iron: 1mg

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4 Comments

  1. Made this several times with whole milk and alternative milks, turned out great every time! Once time, I was out of corn starch, so just used arrowroot powder and it turned out great. My favorite thing to do is to add rice after it’s done. It makes such a rich, smooth, and creamy rice pudding.

    Highly recommend!

  2. This was my first time making pudding from scratch because I thought it would be too difficult. This recipe is Amazing! I stuck to the recipe except for using my homemade vanilla sugar, salt, paste and extract. It came together so easily and tastes so good. This is going in the family recipes!! Thank you so much.

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