Stovetop Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Thursday, July 5, 2012
Vanilla pudding homemade is so delicious and versatile besides just eating it as a dessert there are many more delectable uses for this fabulous creamy delight.

We use it in cakes, cupcakes, with fruit on top and make a simple plain vanilla pudding into trifles, and so much more for desserts.

Don't think that this is just an ordinary pudding recipe because it's the start of many desserts and there will be plenty of suggestions below.

It is certainly delicious plain, with a little whipped cream on top but the skies is the limit when it comes to pie fillings and pastry fillings.

Just check out our suggestions below.

Delicious Easy Vanilla Pudding

Once you try making this vanilla pudding from scratch you won't want that store box type, it's so delicious you'll be anxious for it to cool and eat.

Even the smell, while it's cooking, will make your mouth watering with that awesome vanilla aroma.

Whether you decide to eat this plain, with fruit, or use it as a filling it is the most delicious best tasting vanilla pudding ever!

Filling Suggestions

  1. cakes
  2. Boston cream cupcakes
  3. donuts
  4. trifles
  5. topped with whipped cream and berries
  6. served with bananas and vanilla wafers
  7. use this in an icebox cake
  8. layered with graham crackers and whipped cream parfaits
  9. add bananas for a banana cream pie
  10. add coconut for a coconut cream pie
  11. make a Boston cream pie

More Tips and Fun Ways to Use Pudding

Here's What You Need to Make Homemade Vanilla Pudding (For exact Ingredients scroll down to the recipe card below)

  • whole milk
  • cornstarch
  • salt
  • sugar
  • egg yolks
  • butter
  • pure vanilla extract

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Old Fashioned Pudding

If you were looking for a cornstarch-based homemade vanilla pudding, this is the best recipe I have ever come across.

Mom made this often when I was a child and I finally figured out the right ratio of ingredients, so this is perfect for my taste and it's nice and creamy.

Stovetop Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Stovetop Vanilla Pudding Recipe

Yield: 6
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 6 MinTotal time: 21 Min
This is a homemade vanilla pudding made on the stovetop to eat as is or use as a filling for pastry or cakes.


  • 3 cups whole milk, divided
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. Using just 1/4 cup of milk add this to a bowl with cornstarch and using a fork or whisk stir together.
  2. Whisk the rest of the milk in a small saucepan pot, with the salt, and sugar.
  3. Heat this mixture heating until it starts to get some heat but do not boil it.
  4. In a clean large bowl, whisk the eggs then slowly whisk in the warm milk from the saucepan whisking constantly into the eggs for around 2 minutes.
  5. Add the egg yolk mixture back to the saucepan pot, then add in cornstarch mixture.
  6. Keep whisking this mixture on medium heat until this pudding thickened.
  7. Once it's thick add the butter and vanilla and pour into a serving dish covered with wax paper (this keeps it from forming a skin).
  8. This is now ready to be chilled or cooled to warm to eat and can also be used to fill cakes.

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  1. This looks wonderful and so fresh! I'm such a yougur lover, specially with fruit! Hope you had a great 4th. of July. Thanks for sharing..see ya!

  2. What a fresh and delicious desserts. Great ^_^ Bye, have a good day

  3. So creamy and delicious looking! I love, love, love vanilla pudding…your recipe looks wonderful!

  4. The perfect dessert for this hot weather.

  5. I was picking some raspberries in the garden earlier so now I am tempted to give this a go. Looks fresh and summery XX

  6. Dear Claudia, This is a beautiful dessert. I love puddings. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  7. This looks awesome! I love the addition of the fresh berries, especially now that they're in season!

  8. Love the simplicity of the recipe and fresh fruit. Thanks for sharing.

  9. So creamy and refreshing with the, love, your pudding, wish I could have some right now!

  10. such a delicious dessert for the summer!

  11. So very luscious with all those juicy fresh berries! Hope you had a great holiday!

  12. What a pretty, simple dessert. Do you need to use full-fat milk, or will 2% work?

  13. Another fabulous dish Claudia! So simple too. Love the flexibility with the berries especially with everything being so fresh now!


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