Easy Vanilla Pudding

  • Preparation 15 MIN
    Cooking 10 MIN
    Chilling 6 H
  • Servings 4
The kids said the hardest part about making this luscious vanilla pudding was waiting for it to cool, but we convinced them to tough it out. It’s totally worth it!



  1. In a saucepan off the heat, whisk together the sugar and cornstarch.
  2. Whisk in the egg yolks and  cup (60 ml) of the milk and, when smooth, add the remaining milk and the vanilla. Bring to a boil over medium heat, whisking constantly and scraping the bottom and sides of the pan until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat.
  3. Pass through a sieve to remove any lumps, if needed.
  4. Stir in the butter until the mixture is smooth.
  5. Pour the pudding into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding. Let cool, then refrigerate for 6 hours or until set and chilled.
  6. When ready to serve, gently stir with a spatula until softened.


You’d think that we add butter to our pudding to make it taste better, but no! Here’s a lesson in kitchen chemistry: When butter is added to cornstarch, its fat helps to create that perfect texture that makes you want to grab a spoon and dig in.

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