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Raise a Spoon for Vanilla Pudding

One of my earliest food memories is devouring a bowl of pudding with my mom. It's one of those snacks that's great when you're 3 or 30. Today happens to be National Vanilla Pudding Day and to celebrate I say we all go out and raise a spoon (full of pudding of course!) in honor. You could go the pre-made, or instant route, but if you've got the time, why not give a smooth homemade version a chance? Serve it with vanilla cookies or animal crackers and you'll be set. For the recipe,

Vanilla Pudding
From Real Simple March 2005

1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 cups whole milk
2 egg yolks
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a saucepan. Pour 1/4 cup of the milk into the sugar mixture, stirring to form a smooth paste. Whisk in the remaining milk and the egg yolks. Cook the pudding mixture over low heat, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon until thickened, about 15 minutes. Do not allow it to boil. Remove from heat and stir in the butter and vanilla. Scrape the pudding into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, pressing the surface to make an airtight seal and prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate until well chilled, about 1 hour.


Yield: Makes 4 servings (2 cups)

CALORIES 273(39% from fat); FAT 12g (sat 7g); PROTEIN 5mg; CHOLESTEROL 130mg; CALCIUM 151mg; SODIUM 127mg; FIBER 0g; CARBOHYDRATE 36g; IRON 0mg

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mominator mominator 9 years
This is going to my favorites. I did not realise that it was this easy to make. The only difference I would do is let it skim over because the skim on top of homemade pudding is the best and my favorite part. :) Thanks so much for this!
scandalousxshann scandalousxshann 10 years
omg, YUM!
Food Food 10 years
likenicole - you can try using skim milk, the consistency won't be quite the same, and it won't be as creamy, but go ahead and give it a try and let us know how it goes!
likenicole11 likenicole11 10 years
Do you have to use whole milk? I want to make it now because I have a sore throat and it sounds so good but all we have is skim milk and me and my mom are too sick to go out to the store, haha.
Entertainment Entertainment 10 years
wow, I just realized I had absolutely no idea what was in pudding. Thanks!
SU3 SU3 10 years
mmm... homemade pudding! Sounds delish!
crispet1 crispet1 10 years
Ooo I want some!
missnomi missnomi 10 years
it's one of my earliest food memories as well! I remember my gran let me scrape out the pan with the wooden spoon after she cooked the pudding. Time to make some myself I guess...
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
OMG it's that easy to make?? :woohoo:
jendudley jendudley 10 years
mmm homemade pudding. Buttery! I think the closest we ever got to that in my house was jello cook n serve!
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