Vanilla Pudding is an easy DIY dessert. You don’t need those little boxes filled with stabilizers and artificial flavours.
It’s cheaper, too.
This recipe makes 6 servings and costs almost half of what you would pay to make a 4-serving box of store brand pudding. You will pay much less per serving with the homemade version.
If you prefer not to use skim milk powder, just use three cups of milk instead of the water indicated in the recipe.
This pudding will take slightly longer to prepare than the boxed version – between 5 – 10 minutes to get to the right consistency – but it is definitely worth the extra few minutes. (Older children can be tasked with stirring the pudding as it thickens.)
Vanilla pudding tastes just fine on its own, but it’s also great partnered with fresh fruit, layered with lemon curd or topped with whipped cream and chocolate.
You can save yourself a bit of time by mixing up a few batches of the dry ingredients to have on hand for quick weeknight desserts.
(In the mood for chocolate? Try Easy-Peasy Chocolate Pudding.)
- 1/4 cup / 60 ml cornstarch
- 6 tablespoons / 90 ml brown sugar
- 1 cup / 250 ml skim milk powder
- 1/4 teaspoon / 1.25 ml salt
- 3 cups / 750 ml water
- 2 teaspoons / 10 ml vanilla
Combine cornstarch, brown sugar, milk powder and salt in saucepan. Stir until thoroughly combined.
Add water and whisk until mixture is smooth. Add vanilla.
Stir over medium to medium-high heat until the pudding starts to thicken. This should take about 5 minutes. Cook for 1-2 minutes longer.
When it has thickened, pour into serving dishes and cool in fridge until ready to serve.
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