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Pudding From Scratch

April 18, 2014

It’s easy to make pudding. You just buy a box of the stuff at the store, measure the milk and mix in the powdered stuff, right? Ick. Nothing like chemicals for that home made goodness. 

It doesn’t take much time or effort to make pudding from scratch, Milk, sugar, flavoring and cornstarch and that’s it. Just heat the milk, whisk in the rest, bring it to a boil. No magic, just ingredients you won’t find in a laboratory. You have to take care just how you mix things, but once through it, and it will be a regular dessert.

The base recipe is as follows:

2 cups of milk (16 oz)

1/2 cup sugar (or less depending on how sweet you want it)

3 tablespoons of cornstarch (cornflour)

1 teaspoon of vanilla

Measure the cornstarch and sugar into a small bowl, then add 1/3 cup of the milk and the vanilla. Make sure this milk is cold! Whisk together until blended.

Heat the remaining milk in medium saucepan (or zap it until it’s hot in the microwave – that’s what I do) Once the milk is simmering (little bubbles form around the edge you are ready to make the pudding. If you nuked the milk, pour it into the saucepan and turn the heat to Medium-low. If the milk is in the pot on the stove, you’re good to go. Now, whisk in the milk/cornstarch/sugar mixture into the hot milk. Change to a wooden spoon once the mixture  has blended, and start stirring. Stir, stir, stir to keep the pudding moving as it heats. Bring it to a boil and keep cooking (and stirring) for a minute so it doesn’t taste ‘powdery’, and pour into a serving bowl or cups.

That’s the recipe for Vanilla Pudding.

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 You can also make Butterscotch pudding, by changing the granulated sugar to dark brown sugar and adding 2 tablespoons of butter.

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Chocolate pudding can be made by combining 3 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the cornstarch and sugar (blend!) before adding the cold milk.

I suppose you could sweeten the pudding with lower calorie sweetener if you want, just make sure the sweetener stands up to heat.

 Make sure you chill the pudding well before serving.