This rich, creamy, homemade Vanilla Pudding is a real winner! Here is an easy to make, stovetop pudding recipe delivering a wonderful single serving of vanilla pudding. Step by step video included in the recipe.
Friends, I am so excited to share this Vanilla Pudding For One recipe with you today! This dessert started out as simply a need to satisfy my sweet tooth, not as a dessert recipe to develop and share. Once I started to make the pudding and tasted the finished product, I knew this easy vanilla pudding recipe was one I needed to tell you about.
I found myself craving a little something sweet the other day. My kids had all gone back home after spending the Christmas holidays with us and I was frankly, a little tired. I had gotten my house back in shape after all the kids left, did several loads of laundry and needed a sweet kind of pick-me-up. As usual, after my kids leave, my fridge is almost completely empty so I turned to my pantry to see what I could put together.
A quick glance in and a quick scan of the ingredients that were available to me and I immediately thought of pudding – a vanilla pudding for one.
This pudding recipe is seriously easy, folks. I feel as if I should call it instant pudding because it comes together so quickly. I assure you though, it is definitely not instant.
This vanilla pudding is made on the stove in a small saucepan. It has a rich and creamy flavor that you would never experience in any a boxed pudding mix.
This egg free pudding is velvety smooth with an intense vanilla flavor and can be ready in minutes.
How To Make Vanilla Pudding
- a pinch of salt
- vanilla extract
The cream and sugar are heated in a small saucepan and while the cream is heating, whisk together the cornstarch and a little more cream in a separate bowl.
When the cornstarch is smooth, pour it into the cream/sugar mixture and continue to heat.
Pro Tip: Mixing the cornstarch with a little cream before adding it to the pot practically guarantees that you will not have any lumps in your pudding. Just mix it well until it’s smooth.
As the creamy mixture heats and cooks, the pudding slowly becomes thicker.
After about 10 minutes, remove the pot from the heat and stir in the vanilla and butter.
Pour the vanilla pudding into a small dish or ramekin and refrigerate until chilled. Top the pudding with a little whipped cream and fresh berries or enjoy it all by itself.
The rich, wonderfully sweet taste of the vanilla pudding will take your tastebuds by surprise!
The vanilla flavor is intense in the most glorious way! This vanilla pudding is thick, luscious and over-the-top delicious and the perfect dessert for anyone cooking for one.
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Vanilla Pudding Recipe & Video
- 1 1/2 cups heavy cream , divided
- 1/4 cup sugar
- pinch salt
- 1 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon whipped cream , optional
- fresh berries , optional
- Pour 1 1/4 cup of cream in a small saucepan on medium-low heat. Stir in the sugar and salt. Cook until mixture begins to steam, about 5 minutes.
- Combine cornstarch and remaining 1/4 cup cream in a small bowl and whisk until well combined and smooth.
- Add cornstarch mixture to the heated cream; cook, stirring occasionally, until mixture starts to thicken, about 5 minutes.
- Reduce heat to low and stir for 5 minutes, until thick.
- Remove from heat and stir in vanilla extract and butter. Continue to stir until butter has melted.
- Pour mixture into a small ramekin or bowl. Put plastic wrap directly on the pudding to prevent formation of a skin. Refrigerate until chilled, at least 20 minutes.
- Top with whipped cream and berries, if desired.
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