Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Here’s a Classic Vanilla Pudding Recipe That Everyone Loves!

Wondering how to make vanilla pudding? If want to make homemade vanilla pudding, you’re in the right place!

Our vanilla pudding recipe is actually not that difficult to whip together – pun intended – at all.

With just a few ingredients like vanilla extract, milk, eggs, and corn starch, you too can make vanilla pudding from scratch.

This easy vanilla pudding is perfect to serve to guests as a simple dessert, great for the family to enjoy together, or just to enjoy all to yourself!

bowls of homemade vanilla pudding on white marble with raspberries
Our homemade vanilla pudding… This recipe makes a few bowls!

It’s no secret that pudding is something that isn’t usually made from scratch. There are some popular pudding brands out there that make enjoying it easy.

That said, homemade pudding has something that much more satisfying about it… maybe it’s the fact that it was created from scratch?

We both grew up eating vanilla pudding so this is a recipe that sits close to the heart. Pudding might not be outright “German” but it’s definitely enjoyed all over the country.

Pudding is also an ingredient used in German baking. You can find it in pudding cakes and even German bee sting cake (another recipe we love)! Instant pudding powder is also added to German cheesecake.

bowls of vanilla pudding with berries and a spoon in it
Just grab a spoon and dive into your homemade vanilla pudding!

How to Make Homemade Vanilla Pudding – Step by Step

If you want to make homemade vanilla pudding, you can find the exact measurements in the vanilla pudding recipe card at the bottom of this post.

For those of you who like to follow along with recipes visually, you can check out the process photos below.

It’s an easy recipe, but there are a couple of different steps involved in making pudding. So it might be helpful to see the steps as you create!

silver pot with milk on black stove top
Pour milk into a pot.

First, pour the milk into a medium-sized pot but don’t turn it on yet.

We don’t want your milk to boil over while you’re busy mixing something else (speaking from personal experience here).

egg yolks and icing sugar in silver mixing bowl
Separate the eggs and add powdered sugar.

Separate the eggs and add the egg yolks to a medium-sized mixing bowl. You can use the egg whites for a different recipe.

We have two easy cookie recipes on our website that only use egg whites – coconut macaroons and cinnamon stars.

Once you have separated all three eggs, add the powdered sugar (also called icing sugar) to the bowl with the egg yolks.

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Mix until creamy.

Use the normal beaters of your electric mixer to mix the egg yolks and sugar together until the mixture has a creamy consistency and gets lighter in color (more white than yellow).

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Add cornstarch and milk.

Then add the cornstarch and the same amount of milk of milk from the pot on the stove. This will help avoid the mixture from becoming too thick.

Fun Side Note: This pudding recipe is quite similar to a classic vanilla sauce recipe which goes with Dampfnudeln. The difference is the overall thickness of the final products – vanilla pudding is thick while the vanilla sauce is thinner and runny!

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Mix again.

Mix again using your electric mixer until all the cornstarch is well mixed in and no lumps are visible. Then set the bowl aside.

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Add the vanilla extract

Back to the pot of milk on the stove – add the vanilla extract and bring the milk to a boil while whisking regularly.

If you want a more intense flavor, you can also use a vanilla bean instead of vanilla extract. Read the notes of the recipe card for more infos.

Since we know that vanilla beans are not always widely available and can be quite expensive, we decided to use vanilla extract.

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Add the egg mixture to the milk.

When the milk starts boiling, remove it from the heat.

Pour the egg-sugar-cornstarch mixture into the milk while whisking constantly.

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Bring the mixture to a simmer.

Return the pot back to the hot burner and let the mixture simmer for 1-2 minutes until it has thickened. During this time, whisk constantly.

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Whisk until the mixture has thickened.

Once the mixture has thickened noticeably, pour or ladle the pudding into small bowls and let it cool.

If you don’t like the “pudding skin” that sometimes forms on top of the pudding, you can cover the bowls with cling film.

bowls of vanilla pudding with raspberries on top
We topped our vanilla pudding with berries and a little whipping cream!

When making this vanilla pudding recipe, you can top it however you like.

Vanilla is a pretty universal flavor and so adding some berries – like raspberries – or whipping cream on top is always a welcomed addition!

Related Recipes

If you liked this homemade vanilla pudding recipe, check out these other recipes for sweet treats!

  • Rote Grütze – A thickened red berry pudding that is popular in Denmark and Germany
  • Chocolate Pudding – It’s actually easy to make rich and creamy chocolate pudding, too!
  • Milchreis – A sweet take on rice pudding that Germans eat for dinner
bowls of vanilla pudding with raspberries on top

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Yield: 3
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

This homemade vanilla pudding is a classic, simple dessert recipe. Made in minutes from just a few ingredients, this vanilla pudding is rich and flavorful - perfect for serving as a dessert to guests or to just enjoy yourself!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 medium-sized eggs
  • 2/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 3 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch

Instructions

  1. Pour the milk into a medium-sized pot and place it on the stove, but don't turn it on yet.
  2. Separate the eggs and add the egg yolks to a medium-sized bowl. You can use the egg whites for another recipe such as coconut macaroons or cinnamon stars.
  3. Add the powdered sugar to the egg yolks in the bowl and mix everything with the normal beaters of your electric mixer until creamy and lighter in color.
  4. Add the cornstarch and the same amount of milk from the pot. Mix again using your electric mixer until everything is well combined. Set the mixture aside.
  5. Returning to the pot of milk on the stove, add the vanilla extract and whisk regularly while bringing the milk to a boil.
  6. Wait for your milk to boil, then immediately remove it from the hot burner. Pour the egg-sugar-cornstarch mixture into it while whisking constantly.
  7. Place the pot back onto the hot burner and let the mixture simmer for 1-2 minutes until it has thickened. Whisk constantly.
  8. Pour or ladle the pudding into three small bowls.
  9. Let the pudding cool. You can decorate it with fresh fruit and/or whipping cream before serving.

Notes

  • Instead of vanilla extract, you can also use a vanilla bean for a more intense flavor. To properly utilize a vanilla bean, clean out the inside and add it as well as the bean to the milk when it's heating up. Remove the bean before adding the egg-sugar-cornstarch mixture.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 281Total Fat: 7gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 177mgSodium: 149mgCarbohydrates: 42gFiber: 0gSugar: 24gProtein: 11g

This nutritional information has been estimated by an online nutrition calculator. It should only be seen as a rough calculation and not a replacement for professional dietary advice. The exact values can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

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