Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Recipe for Pudding

Cooked pudding is one of those things that can seem daunting and complicated at first, and you may give up before even trying and just buy a boxed mix. Give this recipe a try just once, and you will be hooked. It is incredibly easy, delicious, and nourishing. Cooled, it also makes a mean filling for banana cream pie or fruit tarts. Whipped with butter, it can be used as creamy cake filling.

Vanilla Pudding 
(serves 2-4, variations below)

(Yes, I know this is a picture of chocolate pudding - LOL! The process is the same.)

2 3/4 cups milk (any type will work, we use whole)
1/3 cup sugar*
1/4 cup organic, unmodified corn, wheat, potato, or tapioca starch
1/8 tsp salt
4 egg yolks
2  tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

* You may be tempted to use honey in place of sugar - don't. If you add the honey to the pudding before cooking, you will lose any benefits from raw honey, and if you add the honey once the pudding is cooled, the enzymes in it will make the pudding become runny. Sugar such as sucanat, rapadura, or coconut sugar works best in this recipe.
In a medium, heavy-bottomed saucepan, combine the milk, starch, and salt. Add the egg yolks, and whisk thoroughly. Heat over medium to medium-high heat, stirring occasionally. When the mixture starts bubbling, add sugar and stir constantly until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and add vanilla and butter, whisking until smooth.

The pudding will thicken as it cools. If you would like to pour it into molds or a pie, do so while it is still hot.

For chocolate pudding: Omit the butter, and stir in a handful of unsweetened baking chocolate or semisweet chocolate chips until melted.

For coconut pudding: Omit the butter, and stir in about 2 Tbsp of raw creamed coconut (also called coconut butter).

 (This chocolate and coconut swirl tasted heavenly)


  1. Yummo! This looks great, and of course I'm always on the look-out for any recipe that allows me to use up more milk! Thanks for sharing! :)

  2. I have homemade vanilla pudding chilling in the fridge thanks to you! I've only have been successful with the box instant which really doesn't taste like this stuff. The lack of chemicals make it taste good!

    Thank you for sharing. I think I may try to make a banana creme pie using this.

  3. i tried at least once. im not that good. im too hasty sometimes...tried couple other times and wasnt working so i turned into bread pudding....just me, so i dont have to worry about others.....:). it is really so nice to learn we can do things from scratch at home!!! :). i just learned more box/can/fast food/atms-money-growing garden this year we have tomatoes, cucumbers, okra, potatoes, onions, green beans, squash....last year also had some corn, beets, turnips, radishes, carrots....and prob more i cant remember.....keep trying, and get your kids to sure youll grow something! i never thought i could grow anything!!!!! :)


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