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Vanilla Pudding for #SundaySupper

Vanilla Pudding | Magnolia Days

The term homemade has evolved over the years. Well, it evolved for me. Take vanilla pudding for example. When I was a kid, there was store-bought, instant, and homemade. Homemade meant the kind you cooked using pudding mix and milk. It was “the” pudding we used when we made banana pudding. Pouring the warm mixture over the cookies and bananas meant to get your bowl and spoon ready. We ate it warm and right after it was done.

Homemade pudding changed after I was married. My mother-in-law made her banana pudding for dessert. One bite and I knew something was very different. It was better than any I ever had before. What was the secret? It was made with actual, for real, from scratch homemade vanilla pudding. It didn’t take any time at all before I got my hands on the recipe. It’s so easy and there are only a few ingredients. Whisk, cook, stir, and chill are all it takes to make vanilla pudding.

Vanilla Pudding | Magnolia Days

This recipe makes four to six servings. Or maybe three if you count what actually happens at my house. My husband and I attack the bowl and the pudding may last overnight. I’ve tried divvying it up into small custard cups only to find it disappears just as quickly. We do not have any restraint with this cool, creamy, dessert.

Vanilla Pudding | Magnolia Days

Do you like recipes with few ingredients? If so, you will very much enjoy the list of recipes below. The Sunday Supper contributors are sharing ones with Five Ingredients or Less (not counting salt, pepper, or oil). It’s a great resource to have when your pantry and fridge are bare. Special thanks to Alice of Hip Foodie Mom for hosting this event.

Vanilla is a classic and popular flavor. For more desserts showcasing it, take a look at Vanilla Bean Ice Cream, Vanilla Frozen Yogurt, and Baked Custard.

Vanilla Pudding

A recipe for homemade vanilla pudding. It is made the old-fashioned way by cooking milk, sugar, flour, eggs, and vanilla on the stove then chilling. 
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 4 hours 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 4 hours 15 minutes
Author Renee


  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour*
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Dash of salt


  1. Whisk together all ingredients in a saucepan (non-stick recommended).
  2. Slowly bring to a boil over medium heat stirring constantly to prevent scorching.
  3. Boil for 1 minute and remove from heat.
  4. Pour into a bowl and place plastic wrap directly on top of pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
  5. Cool to room temperature then chill thoroughly (at least 4 hours).

Recipe Notes

*This recipe makes pudding with a thinner consistency than typical puddings. Use an additional tablespoon of flour for firmer pudding.

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Recipe Rating

Kelli's Kitchen

Saturday 31st of May 2014

I just made this for my mom who is on a completely soft diet for a few days. She said this was the best pudding ever! She's not a fan of chocolate pudding and that's the only one I ever make so both of us thank you!


Saturday 7th of June 2014

Oh Kelli, you totally made my day. Thanks for coming back and letting me know. I'm so glad your mom enjoyed the pudding so much (and you too).

Kelli's Kitchen

Sunday 4th of May 2014

Nothing more comforting than warm vanilla pudding............YUM!!!


Saturday 17th of May 2014

I completely agree Kelli. Thanks so much.

Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips

Friday 2nd of May 2014

So simple, but so comforting because of the childhood memories it conjures up!


Saturday 17th of May 2014

And happy childhood memories are the best. Glad this brought back some for you.


Friday 2nd of May 2014

Oh nothing can beat a dish made from scratch using fresh ingredients.Your mother-in-law's vanilla pudding looks every bit creamy,luscious and delicious :)


Friday 2nd of May 2014

Thanks Soni and your custard cups look creamy and luscious too.


Thursday 1st of May 2014

I hate to admit this, but I've never made pudding from scratch! However, I LOVE pudding and I should really do myself a favor and use this recipe, stat!


Friday 2nd of May 2014

I hope you do make homemade pudding soon. You will really taste the difference.