Fine Desserts Classic Homemade Vanilla Pudding 4.76 from 41 votes Create a Profile! × Please sign up to save your favorite recipes Sign Up Already have an account? Sign In Jump To Recipe Save Recipe Better than any other vanilla pudding recipe you've had before (especially if it came from a box!), once you've had mine you'll never want anything else! By Gemma Stafford | March 31, 2020 | 53 This post may contain affiliate links. Please see my full disclosure for details. Hi Bold Bakers! Chocolate mousse, panna cotta, salted butterscotch pudding, pot de creme are up there with some of my most favorite desserts of all time. I’m talking last-meal favorites! They all have a common thread which is their texture is soft, velvety, and melts in your mouth. This vanilla pudding ticks all the boxes when it comes to consistency BUT the flavor is superior to most puddings out there. Between the salt, vanilla paste, and cream, this is a dessert worthy of last-meal status. What is Vanilla Pudding? That is a great question! To be honest, we don’t have puddings in Ireland so until I moved to the states it was new to me. The closest thing we have to pudding in Europe would be a combo of creme anglais and cream patisserie mixed. At its most basic, Vanilla Pudding is a milk-based custard that is thickened with eggs and cornstarch. But, I added a little something extra into mine to elevate the flavors and make it a little bit more sophisticated. A pinch of salt, some good quality vanilla extract, and some (Irish) butter transforms this from pudding to a very grown-up dessert. What You Need to Make Vanilla Pudding To make vanilla pudding the equipment is simple: Medium heavy-bottomed saucepan Hand whisk Measuring cups Measuring spoons Measuring jug Sieve How to Make Homemade Vanilla Pudding This recipe is a fantastic last-minute dessert because you can cook it in under 10 minutes and you make it completely on the stovetop. In a medium saucepan, heat the milk and cream over medium heat until it comes to a simmer. While the milk is coming to a simmer, whisk together the egg, egg yolk, sugar and cornstarch in a medium-sized bowl. Once the milk mixture is hot, scoop a cupful into the egg mixture and whisk immediately. This step helps to bring the eggs to the same temperature as the hot milk making it easier to add one to the other. Continue adding the rest of the hot milk to the eggs. Return the pudding mixture back into the original saucepan and place over a medium/low heat. While continually whisking, mix the pudding until it thickens, roughly 6-8 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract, paste, and salt. Allow the pudding to cool down before transferring to the fridge. Serve it plain or add some whipped cream and fruit on top. How do I Store It? Store the Homemade Vanilla Pudding in the fridge in a container for up to 4 days. If it has thickened a lot while chilled you can give it a little whisk up to loosen it. Try These Other Puddings! Chocolate Rice Pudding Brownie Bread Pudding Vegan Chocolate Pudding And don’t forget to buy a copy of my Bigger Bolder Baking cookbook! Try These Recipes! Your Go-To Tapioca Pudding RecipePassover Cream PuffsLight & Refreshing Lemon GeléeChocolate Bread and Butter Pudding Classic Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe 4.76 from 41 votes Print Recipe Add to Favorites Loading… Better than any other vanilla pudding recipe you've had before (especially if it came from a box!), once you've had mine you'll never want anything else! Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 8 servings Dessert Vanilla Less than 30 Minutes Saucepan Stovetop Prep Time 25 minsCook Time 8 mins Better than any other vanilla pudding recipe you've had before (especially if it came from a box!), once you've had mine you'll never want anything else! Author: Gemma Stafford Servings: 8 servings Ingredients 2 1/2 cups (20floz/565ml) whole milk1/2 cup (4floz/115ml) cream (any kind)1 egg at room temperature2 egg yolks at room temperature¾ cup (6oz/170g) sugar4 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch4 tablespoons (2oz/57g) butter cubed 3 teaspoons vanilla extract1/8 teaspoon vanilla bean paste ½ teaspoons salt Instructions In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine milk and cream. Stir and slowly bring to a simmer. In a medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, sugar, and cornstarch until blended well. Ladle a cup of the hot milk mix over the eggs and whisk immediately. While continuing to whisk pour in the rest of the hot milk into the eggs. This method is called tempering and it prevents you from scrambling your eggs. Return the custard mixture back into your original saucepan and place over medium/low heat. Whisk the custard constantly for roughly 6-8 minutes or until it has thickened. Do not let this mixture boil or it can curdle. Once thickened, remove from the heat and whisk in the butter, vanilla extract, vanilla paste, and salt. The last step is to pass the custard through a sieve to yield you a silky smooth pudding and remove any lumps (please don't skip this step).Serve the pudding cold as is or with whipped cream and fruit on top. Store the pudding in the fridge for up to 4 days.