Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Last Updated on February 16, 2020 by

So, my children think I am the meanest mom every created.  WHY?  Because I don’t buy them things like pudding and jello and those artificial squeeze bottles of milk flavorings.  While I splurge occasionally and I am not going to say my kids NEVER get store bought treats like that, I try to make it a very rare occurrence.  I have been trying to find homemade solutions to some of these treats that will show my children that I am NOT a horrible mother.  They certainly do not care if they eat artificial colors, preservatives and chemicals at every meal but they are also very happy eating my homemade stuff as well.  So, I browsed through a LOT of homemade vanilla pudding recipes online.  I know from past dessert recipes that pudding with eggs will be richer and creamier but I sometimes have issues with ‘curdling’ the egg mixture because I heat it too quickly.  So, the homemade vanilla recipe that I chose to make was originally found on CHOW and what I thought was unique is that the egg yolks are added to the milk before you even start heating it!  I had high hopes that I would end up with a smooth pudding at the end and was certainly not disappointed.  I did have one or two SMALL lumps which my children were quick to point out, the ungrateful little mongrels!  Overall, this recipe is incredibly easy to make, it just takes a tad bit of patience to stir it and allow it to thicken.  I used a vanilla bean PASTE that has actual vanilla beans in it (you can see them in the photo).  I think it gives the pudding a really nice look and flavor.  You can use regular vanilla extract if you prefer.  If you want pictures of each step, head over the CHOW and see the great visuals they offered.  Now that you have a great homemade vanilla pudding recipe there is no more reason to buy that artificial powder in a box, right?  Now, I just need to figure out how to make butterscotch!

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Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe

homemade vanilla pudding recipe


Yields 4 to 6

Homemade Vanilla Pudding Recipe

A rich and creamy homemade vanilla pudding that is very easy to make!

10 minPrep Time

15 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (can use vanilla extract here) (I used Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste from Nielsen-Massey)


  1. Combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium sauce pan and mix til combined.
  2. Add 1/4 cup of the milk and stir til dissolved
  3. Whisk in the 3 egg yolks
  4. Add the remaining milk and whisk until blended
  5. Cook over medium heat, whisking frequently, until the mixture begins to thicken and small bubbles form (about 5 minutes).
  6. Reduce the heat to medium low cook until the pudding makes visible ribbons when drizzled over the surface, about 5 more minutes. Stir constantly during this step.
  7. Once the pudding has thickened, remove from heat.
  8. Add the butter and vanilla bean paste and stir briskly until well blended and smooth.
  9. Pour into a glass bowl and place a layer of plastic wrap directly over the top of it to prevent a skin from forming over the top.
  10. Chill at least 2 hours.



984 cal


54 g


110 g


19 g
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  1. I make homemade pudding all the time. Chocolate is a big hit!
  2. Looks like a tasty recipe that's super simple! For some reason I've always thought of homemade pudding as too much work, but after seeing this I definitely think I can handle it. :) I've added this page to my StumbleUpon. ^_^
    • thanks! I really want to try making other flavors. Chocolate would be easy but what about butterscotch or lemon? I will have to play with it and see...
  3. This is so easy and delicious! I put the warm pudding on top of bananas and vanilla wafers. So good!

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