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.

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Vanilla Chia Pudding

Rating: 4 stars 125
Chia seeds are available at health-food stores and online. They're rich in omega-3s, fiber, and antioxidants.

Chocolate Mousse

Rating: 3.5 stars 397
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.

Creme Caramel

Rating: 3 stars 163
These individual creme caramel desserts will be an instant classic. So sweet and creamy, everyone will want seconds, trust us. 

Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding

Rating: 3.5 stars 339
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.

Banana Cream Pudding

This fabulous version of the favorite Southern dessert boosts the banana flavor by infusing it into the homemade vanilla pudding, in addition to the traditional slices layered throughout.  

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.

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. 

Lightened Rice Pudding

Rating: 3 stars 111
This gently spiced, vanilla-scented pudding is so velvety you'd never suspect that it's made with skim milk instead of regular. It can also be served warm. This recipe was submitted by Samuel Shaffer of New York City.

Roasted Cherries with Tofu "Panna Cotta"

A quick turn in the oven with honey and lemon juice brings out the flavor of fresh sweet cherries. Serve with luscious, custardy steamed tofu -- no molding or chilling required for this healthy dessert!

Classic Bread Pudding

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

Creme Brulee

Rating: 3.5 stars 709
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.

Rhubarb Custards

Rating: 3.5 stars 102
This dessert couldn't be simpler. Unlike many custards, it doesn't require a hot-water bath. Shallow gratin dishes, shown here, allow the rhubarb to spread out and cook evenly. You can also use 4-inch ramekins (2 inches deep). Simply give the rhubarb a stir halfway through step 1.
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Inspiration and Ideas

Easiest Rice Pudding
Rating: Unrated 354
The starch in Arborio rice -- typically used for risotto -- makes this pudding extra creamy.
Avocado-Chocolate Pudding
Our no-cook vegan chocolate pudding uses avocados (yes, really) for its creamy base.
Triple-Chocolate Mousse Cakes
Rating: 3.5 stars 642

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