The Dessert Bible's Vanilla Pudding

READY IN: 15mins
Recipe by Roosie

Haven't tried this- posted by request from my sister! From The Dessert Bible by Christopher Kimball (the guy from America's Test Kitchen). Just a classic eggless vanilla pudding.

Top Review by Glimmer

I needed a soft dessert for my poor BBF who had a tooth pulled today and this was the perfect choice. It took very little time and I had everything in the house. The only suggestion I have is to add a little more cornstarch in the beginning because it does run a little thin. I added it too late so I couldn't get all the lumps out but it was still yummy. It is much less sweet than the boxed stuff and without that metallic aftertaste. I simmered some frozen raspberries with a little sugar,cornstarch and orange extract and it made a great simple nice looking dessert. Thanks!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine sugar, cornstarch and salt in a medium saucepan.
  2. Whisk in about 1/3 cup of the half-and-half, until smooth.
  3. Whisk in the remaining half-and-half until well combined.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirrying constantly and gently until thickened (about 5 minutes, but the time will vary).
  5. Reduce heat to low and continue to heat, stirring gently until the mixture reaches a simmer.
  6. Cook one minute more over low heat, not stirring, then remove from heat.
  7. Fold in vanilla and pour pudding into 4 serving dishes.
  8. The book doesn't say, but I presume that you could serve this either warm or chilled.

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