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.
Photography: John Kernick
Everyday Food, September 2011
- Prep Time 20 minutes
- Total Time 3 1/4 hours
- Serves 4
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- Remove pan from heat and pour mixture through sieve into bowl. Stir in butter and vanilla until combined.
- 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.
Top with whipped cream. Make sure cream is cold before beating and add a little confectioners' sugar.
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