Here’s my easy vanilla pudding recipe from scratch with vanilla bean, milk, cornstarch, egg yolk and sugar… No box and delicious! What? Can you make pudding from scratch?
Did you know that you can easily make vanilla pudding from scratch?
I will show you how. And you will love it!
Do you know your cooking basics then?
Have you ever made a vanilla pudding recipe from scratch? Don’t let me hear you say that Jell-O is easier. It is not!
Well, maybe. But it will cost you tremendously on flavor and texture.
Homemade in this case is definitely better! Try it and see for yourself. You need so little ingredients to get top notch flavors in return!
Vanilla Pudding Recipe… from Scratch!
Because, just look at the ingredients you need.
Making pudding shouldn’t be that much of a problem! Believe me, try the recipe below and you will never make that instant box blubber again. No box and no regrets.
I am using a vanilla bean here in my recipe, that’s why I have to add it to warm milk in order to make the vanilla infuse and release as much flavor as possible. It also add tiny little black specks to your pudding!
If you are not using a vanilla bean but a drop of vanilla extract instead, here’s what you have to do. Just combine all the (cold) ingredients in a large saucepan, stir well and then let the milk thicken over medium heat for about 8 to 10 minutes until you get a pudding like consistency.
And whatever you do: whisk constantly!
Or the starch, sugar and egg yolk will sink to the bottom of the saucepan, become sticky and burn while the milk isn’t getting any thicker at all.
Vanilla or Chocolate
Do you like the sound of this vanilla pudding?
Then also try my chocolate pudding recipe from scratch! You are in for a real chocolate treat.
Best Vanilla Pudding Recipe from Scratch
- 1 vanilla bean
- 2 cups whole milk (480 ml)
- 1,5 oz cornstarch (45 g)
- 2,5 oz caster sugar (70 g)
- 2 egg yolks
- Slice the vanilla bean lengthwise and then scrape your knife along the soft inside to remove the black vanilla seeds. Pour the milk in a large saucepan. Add the vanilla seeds and the split vanilla bean together with a little pinch of salt.
- Place the milk over medium heat and bring it to a gentle boil for 3 minutes. Then take the pan off the heat and let the milk cool down a little for 5 minutes while the vanilla releases its flavor. In another saucepan add an egg yolk, sugar and cornstarch.
- Stir well. Remove the cooked vanilla bean from the milk and then pour a little of the milk on the egg yolk mixture.
- Stir well. Place the pan over medium heat and add the rest of the sugary vanilla milk to the yolk mixture.
- Keep whisking the milk or the starch, sugar and egg yolk will sink to the bottom of the saucepan, become sticky and burn. The pudding will start to thicken after 6 to 7 minutes. Once it becomes glossy and thicker, stir in the remaining egg yolk. Then turn the heat lower and let the pudding simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes. Keep stirring.
- In the end take the pan off the heat and pour the hot vanilla pudding into separate ramekins or in a large bowl. (You can pour the pudding through a fine sieve to remove any lumps or bits of vanilla bean if you like.) Cover the pudding with cling film to make sure that there’s no think skin on top once it starts to cool. Serve the pudding lukewarm or cold.