Puddings & Custards

Sweet or savory, find the best in puddings and custards right here! Get recipes for velvety custard pies, creme brulees, and trifles as well as indulging bread, banana, and rice puddings that merely puts a dent in this selection of pudding and custard recipes.

Staff Picks

Butterscotch Pie with Pecan-Shortbread Crust

For a crust with the texture of a pecan sandy, nuts are blended into an easy, buttery press-in tart dough. The filling, made with a simple combination of brown sugar, milk, and egg yolks, is a nostalgic nod to butterscotch pudding. Using a rectangular fluted tart pan gives this stunner a more graphic look, and makes it a snap to cut into small servings—so family and friends can feel free to try every option on the dessert table.

Creme Caramel

Rating: 3.02 stars
These individual creme caramel desserts will be an instant classic. So sweet and creamy, everyone will want seconds, trust us. 

Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.68 stars
Chocolate mousse is the ultimate dessert for any chocolate lover. We like to make ours using bittersweet chocolate, which is high in pure chocolate (at least 35 percent cocoa solids) and makes for a deep chocolate flavor. (Plus, it's also a great eating chocolate.) If you prefer semisweet chocolate, which has more sugar and fewer cocoa solids than bittersweet, know that it can often be substituted in recipes without significantly affecting the flavor or texture.

Classic Bread Pudding

Classic bread pudding is just how you remember it: perfumed with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg, and dotted with raisins.

Apple Pie Bread Pudding

Day-old brioche works best for soaking up the custard mixture in this hybrid dessert. The sweet-tart apples are a nice counterpoint to the rich pudding.

Lime-Coconut Cream-Pie Jars

These individual cream "pies" get their silkiness from coconut milk and a zesty lift from limes. They're also fun to make, especially if you have kids who love spooning stuff into containers. Bake the graham-cracker crust and divide it into mini jars, add a tier of custard and another of whipped cream, and finish with toasted coconut flakes and more zest. 

Spotted Dick

One of the most popular British puddings is spotted dick. The latter half of the phrase was a nineteenth-century British word for plain pudding; the spots are typically raisins, but we used dried currants. (The dessert also goes by spotted dog.) In this recipe, the time-honored suet (beef fat) is swapped for butter. Vanilla-specked creme anglaise is on top.

Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding

Rating: 3.55 stars
Rediscover homemade pudding's comforting simplicity, then see how versatile it can be. Choose one or the other, or make them both! Use this basic recipe to create the following flavor variations and desserts: Chai-Cinnamon PuddingMocha-Chip PuddingRum-Raisin PuddingPeanut-Butter Chocolate ParfaitsBoston Cream Pie, and Raspberry Napoleons.

Pumpkin Custard

Essentially crustless pumpkin pie, this custard relies on nonfat evaporated milk for its silky texture and rich flavor.

Creme Brulee

Rating: 3.34 stars
One of Martha Stewart's favorites, creme brulee's seductive secret lies in the contrast between the brittle caramelized topping and the smooth, creamy custard beneath. French for "burnt cream," creme brulee is best served immediately after caramelizing its sweet, sugary surface.

Bread Pudding with Rum Sauce

Rating: 3.24 stars
Although this dish is a great way to use up old bread, it can also be made with fresh bread. Serve it with a scoop of mango ice cream.From the book "Lucinda's Authentic Jamaican Kitchen," by Lucinda Scala Quinn (Wiley).

Butterscotch Pudding

Rating: 3.9 stars
Don't bother with a box mix -- make homemade pudding that's way better and still so easy with our foolproof recipe.

Inspiration and Ideas

Traditional Sussex Pond Pudding
This wintry British pudding is also called Kentish Well Pudding. As it steams, the lemon softens and forms a marmalade-like sauce. Be sure each person gets a portion of the lemon in their serving.
S'mores Chocolate Mousse
Martha transforms the nostalgic combination of chocolate, marshmallow, and graham cracker from campfire classic to the most sophisticated mini dessert (the "marshmallow" is meringue!).

Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes

Rating: 3.51 stars

With three shades of chocolate, these cakes are as pleasing to the eye as they are to the sweet tooth.