Vanilla Pudding

Vanilla Pudding

  • Prep: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 20 min
  • Total: 25 min
  • Serving: 4 Servings

Instead of making an instant pudding from an envelope, try this simple recipe that gets you creamy vanilla pudding from scratch in about 20 minutes.


  • 2-1/2 cups half-and-half or whole milk
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 vanilla bean or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened (optional)
  • 1/2 ounce bittersweet chocolate (optional)


  1. In a medium saucepan, place the 2 cups of half-and-half or milk, sugar and salt over medium-low heat. If using a vanilla bean, split the bean in half and remove seeds. Drop seeds and vanilla pod into the mixture and cook until liquid begins to steam.
  2. Mix the remaining half-and-half or milk with the cornstarch. Use a wire whisk in order to remove any lumps. Remove vanilla pod from your saucepan and slowly add cornstarch mixture, stirring continuously.
  3. After about 5 minutes, mixture will thicken and begin to boil. Immediately reduce heat to low, and continuing stirring for an additional 5 minutes. Mix in butter and vanilla extract, if vanilla bean was not used.
  4. Empty mixture into a 1-quart dish or 4 pudding bowls. Refrigerate until chilled. Garnish with shaved chocolate if desired.

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