Instant pudding mixes are convenient, and I'm no food snob, but they just don't compare to a silky and luxurious pudding made from scratch. The good news is that homemade pudding is very simple to make. Once you have the technique down for a basic (yet delicious) vanilla pudding, you'll have the doors opened for any flavor you can dream.
This pudding uses egg yolks for richness and flavor as well as the traditional thickening agent - cornstarch - to thicken it up.
What Do I Need To Make Homemade Vanilla Pudding?
A homemade vanilla pudding will only be as good as the vanilla you put into it. For this recipe, I used Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Vanilla Bean Paste. It is used in the same proportions as vanilla extract, but it has a syrupy-texture that is full of little vanilla bean speckles. I just love how it looks! Any good quality pure vanilla extract or paste will work well in this recipe.
If you're feeling extra sassy, another way to get the speckles - and a killer vanilla flavor - is to use a real vanilla bean. Scrape out the seeds from inside of the pod and add the seeds and pod in the first step of the recipe. Discard the pod before straining the pudding.
Overall, the ingredients to make pudding from scratch are simple:
- granulated white sugar
- egg yolks
- vanilla extract
Can I Use Lowfat or Non Dairy Milk In Homemade Pudding?
Yes, you can use 1% or skim milk in this recipe and it'll be fine, though it won't be as rich as the full fat version. The same token applies to nondairy milk substitutes such as almond, coconut, soy, or cashew. Because many of these alternatives are unsweetened, you may need to adjust the amount of sugar in the recipe to reach the desired sweetness.
How To Serve Homemade Vanilla Pudding?
The pudding will need - at least - several hours to chill in the fridge to thicken up and set and it tastes best when very cold. When it's ready to be served, whip it up for a few seconds with a hand whisk and top with any of your favorite additions - whipped cream, Nilla wafers, chocolate chips, nuts, etc. Enjoy!
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