Basic Pudding Recipe

The British use “pudding” to describe any dessert, but here in the U.S.A. pudding refers to a creamy, easy-to-flavor custard loved by kids and adults alike.  We have all had our share of pre-packaged puddings, but this dessert can be so much richer and more flavorful than anything you’ll find at the grocery store.  This basic pudding recipe can be transformed into anything from a classic banana pudding to a modern coffee-infused custard.

Basic Pudding Recipe
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  1. 750g whole milk or half and half
  2. 165g sugar
  3. 30g cornstarch
  4. 4 large egg yolks
  5. 30g butter, soft
  1. Heat the milk until just under scalding.
  2. Separately whisk together the sugar, cornstarch, and egg yolks until well incorporated and slightly pale.
  3. Temper the eggs with the heated milk and whisk together well to dissolve the sugars.
  4. Let sit about a minute to fully integrate and return to the pan.
  5. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly but slowly. The idea is to simply keep the liquid moving rather than incorporate air.
  6. Cook until all the bubbles disappear and the custard thickens. If it boils, it is probably done.
  7. Strain the pudding into a new container and place plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the pudding to prevent it from forming a skin.
  8. Chill the pudding and check its consistency.
  9. If it is slightly coarse, blend it all together in your blender and strain again for use.
  1. You can use a variety of sugars to incorporate different flavors. For example, darker sugars create a butterscotch pudding, or you can use syrup to create a maple pudding. To flavor with dry ingredients, simply heat the milk and steep with your choice of coffee, tea, pretzels, popcorn, etc. Let sit, covered, for an hour then strain and re-heat for regular use.
Joe the Baker


About Joe the Baker

Joe the Baker is a classically-trained pastry chef who specializes in French macarons and viennoiserie. He currently sells his delicious confections online, at the Coppell Farmers Market, and at DFW-area gourmet grocers.

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