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Old-Fashioned Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Old-Fashioned Vanilla Pudding Recipe

This creamy vanilla pudding is sure to be a favorite. “It’s always good and so easy to make,” confirms Katie Anderson of Spokane, Washington.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + chilling YIELD:2 servings


  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup 2% milk
  • 1 egg yolk, lightly beaten
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • 1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, cornstarch and salt. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened and bubbly. Reduce heat; cook and stir 2 minutes longer. Remove from the heat.
  • 2. Stir a small amount of hot filling into egg yolk; return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Bring to a gentle boil; cook and stir 1 minute longer. Remove from the heat. Gently stir in butter and vanilla.
  • 3. Cool for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Transfer to dessert dishes. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour. Yield: 2 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1/2 cup: 181 calories, 8g fat (4g saturated fat), 123mg cholesterol, 241mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 0 fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

Reviews for Old-Fashioned Vanilla Pudding

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singthepoems User ID: 6813874 134780
Reviewed Aug. 13, 2012

"Super easy to make and quite tasty. I used this today in a cake as a lighter version of pastry cream, and it worked really well."

revjoannrom828 User ID: 2607533 153179
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2011

"This was a great filling for my parents 50th Wedding Anniversary Cake. You may want to double it though...I also added an additional tsp of vanilla because I love vanilla and using vanilla bean is even better."

Jody664 User ID: 1035171 207222
Reviewed Feb. 9, 2011

"This is exactly my mom's pudding recipe, just pared down. Very yummy. I had some leftover rice last week and mad this into rice pudding. Delicious and brings back very fond memories of home."

ctmom05 User ID: 981118 101596
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2010

"This pudding was a really good base for "cinnamon roll pudding."

I took a partial batch of homemade cinnamon rolls out of the freezer, chopped them up, and mixed them with the vanilla pudding, YUM!"

lorilovesbill User ID: 3727029 207221
Reviewed Feb. 25, 2010

"Really enjoyed this and will be making again tonght!"

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Wine Pairings

Sweet White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a sweet white wine such as Moscato or a sweet Riesling.