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Vanilla or Chocolate Pudding

Recipe photo courtesy of John Kernick

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 Pudding,Mocha-Chip Pudding,Rum-Raisin Pudding,Chocolate-Ginger Pudding,Peanut-Butter Chocolate Parfaits,Boston Cream Pie, andRaspberry Napoleons.

Source: Everyday Food, April 2006
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  • lele_338
    19 JAN, 2019
    Easy piece, way too sweet. Don’t try it if you don’t have the mesh to sieve.
  • janaan.d_134096
    1 DEC, 2018
    Definitely worth the effort. Silky texture (use the sieve!), great vanilla taste. Great use of extra yolks if you’ve made meringue or angel food cake.
  • patkathers0n
    1 JUL, 2017
    I had forgotten the sugar and added 1/3 cup at the end with about a tbs of butter and the vanilla. It was sweet enough. , and delicious.
    • galleryarroyo
      16 JUL, 2018
      Great recipe I doubled it whole milk.yummy used 2 large yokes
  • jaclynmarianels
    29 APR, 2017
    We had lots of milk about to expire, so I decided to make a batch of each flavor pudding. I made the chocolate first, and it came out perfectly! Then I realized I hadn't added the butter and vanilla, but we liked it the way it was, so I just left it. I made the vanilla version next - it cooked the same, thickened on the stove in the same timeframe - but I decided to stir in butter and vanilla. I put them both in the fridge overnight with plastic wrap. The next day, the chocolate pudding is still lovely and thick, but the vanilla turned to soup! What happened?
    • tamarose1961
      12 MAR, 2018
      How was the cornstarch that you used? It's important to have fresh corn starch. Check the expiration date store in a sealed container or plastic bag.
  • katiejunegrant
    17 JAN, 2016
    I'm a bit confused - why are people saying "I made the vanilla version because I was looking for a use for left over egg yolks" when both the vanilla and the chocolate version of the recipe use the same number of egg yolks?
    • xamsiub
      20 OCT, 2017
      Nobody is saying that they chose the Vanilla because of how many eggs it requires just that of all the ways to use eggs in need of using they happened to decide in vanilla pudding.
  • teri_mac461
    13 APR, 2016
    I used regular white sugar but I think coconut sugar would also work. The vanilla came out fabulous. The chocolate came out too "chocolatey" and a little bitter, my son asked for a milk chocolate flavor so I added an extra tbs of sugar, halved the chocolate powder, melted 1/3 c semi sweet chocolate chips in at the end after the butter and vanilla then added 1/4 c half and half (cream or whole milk would probably work too but I had the half and half on hand). It came out amazing!
  • katiejunegrant
    17 JAN, 2016
    What sugar do you use for this - caster or white?
  • NeroliBlossom
    12 DEC, 2015
    I had two egg yolks to use, so I made the chocolate version of this recipe. I added hazelnut extract. The flavor was unbelievable! I am so glad I found this recipe. It will become a favorite for sure.
  • zmitls21
    21 FEB, 2015
    Really good!! I even used flour instead of corn starch because I didn't have any and almond milk instead of regular milk
    • thereseortola
      30 OCT, 2015
      Using flour and almond milk instead of cornstarch and milk? That's a whole different taste, but glad it worked for you!
  • carknox28
    14 AUG, 2015
    Made the vanilla version to use up extra egg yokes. Family loved it served over homemade Angel food cake with fresh strawberries; deliciously good! Will be making this again.

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