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Classic Vanilla Pudding

Enjoy this creamy dessert on its own, or add a few ingredients to create a silky coffee pudding, rich chocolate pudding, and more.

  • prep: 20 mins
    total time: 3 hours 15 mins
  • servings: 4
Photography: John Kernick




  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Cook's Note

Top with whipped cream. Make sure cream is cold before beating and add a little confectioners' sugar.


  1. Step 1

    Place a fine-mesh sieve over a medium heatproof bowl and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt. In a medium bowl, whisk together milk, cream, and egg yolks; add to saucepan.

  2. Step 2

    Whisking constantly, cook over medium-high until mixture thickens and is bubbling, 8 to 12 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, whisking, 1 minute.

  3. Step 3

    Remove pan from heat and pour mixture through sieve into bowl. Stir in butter and vanilla until combined.

  4. Step 4

    Press plastic wrap directly against surface of pudding to prevent skin from forming and refrigerate 3 hours (or up to 3 days). To serve, whisk until smooth and divide among four small bowls.

Everyday Food, September 2011



Reviews (3)

  • 9 Jan, 2013

    I was in a inspiration mood this morning so I tried her recipe but i use fresh vanilla beans ...and fresh vanilla bean sugar which I made beforehand...WOW it was delicious

  • 11 Jan, 2012

    Today, I made the butterscotch pudding. To have a healthier dessert, I used coconut milk. I usually drink almond milk, but it would be too thin for this recipe. I urge others to try the cocnut milk, as the pudding was wonderful, rich flavored, and smooth. I plan to try the chocolate pudding recipe, perhaps even making a chocolate pie very soon.

  • 30 Oct, 2011

    This is so easy, I never knew I could make pudding. I added 1/4 cup cocoa powder to the dry ingredients as suggested in the magazine article. Topped with whipped cream, it really impressed my company. I am going to try to turn this into tapioca pudding next!