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A Silky Dream Homemade Vanilla Pudding

A Silky Dream Homemade Vanilla Pudding

A Silky Dream: Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Vanilla pudding – a timeless dessert that evokes feelings of comfort and pure deliciousness. This recipe takes you on a journey to create that very dream in your own kitchen.


  • The Flavorful Foundation:

    • 2 cups whole milk - Whole milk provides a rich and creamy base for the pudding.
    • 1/3 cup granulated sugar - Granulated sugar sweetens the pudding to perfection.
    • 2 large egg yolks - Egg yolks add richness, structure, and help thicken the pudding.
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt - A pinch of salt enhances the overall flavors of the pudding.
    • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract - Pure vanilla extract adds a touch of warm vanilla fragrance and depth of flavor.
  • The Thickening Power:

    • 3 tablespoons cornstarch - Cornstarch acts as a thickening agent, creating that smooth and luxurious pudding texture.
  • The Finishing Touches:

    • Whipped cream, for serving - Whipped cream adds a delightful layer of light and airy sweetness to the top of the pudding.
    • Grated chocolate or ground cinnamon, for garnish (optional) - Grated chocolate or ground cinnamon adds a delightful finishing touch and a burst of flavor.


  1. Combining the Base: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the milk, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Ensure everything is well combined and free of lumps.

  2. Cooking for Creaminess: Place the saucepan over medium heat and begin cooking the mixture. Stir constantly to prevent burning or scorching. As you stir, the mixture will gradually thicken. Continue cooking for 5 to 7 minutes, until the mixture reaches a thick and creamy consistency.

  3. Tempering the Egg Yolks: While the milk mixture cooks, in a separate small bowl, lightly beat the egg yolks. Egg yolks add richness and help thicken the pudding, but it's important to temper them first. To temper, slowly whisk in about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. This gradual introduction prevents the egg yolks from scrambling when added to the hot mixture.

  4. Reaching Pudding Perfection: Once the milk mixture is thickened and the egg yolks are tempered, slowly pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture. Continue stirring constantly to ensure even incorporation. Bring the mixture back to a simmer over medium heat and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, or until the pudding reaches a thick and pudding-like consistency.

  5. Vanilla Magic and Resting: Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the pure vanilla extract. Vanilla extract adds the signature vanilla flavor that makes this pudding so beloved. Pour the pudding into individual serving dishes or a large serving bowl.

  6. Preventing a Skin and Chilling: To prevent a skin from forming on the surface of the pudding, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding. This creates a seal and prevents air from drying out the top layer. Refrigerate the pudding for at least 2 hours, or until it's completely chilled and firm.

  7. Serving with Flair: When ready to serve, remove the plastic wrap and spoon the chilled pudding into individual bowls. Top each serving with a dollop of whipped cream for a delightful textural contrast. If desired, sprinkle a pinch of grated chocolate or ground cinnamon over the whipped cream for an extra flavor and visual flourish.

Enjoy your homemade vanilla pudding – a dessert that's both simple to make and incredibly satisfying!