Vanilla pudding is such a versatile dessert. It’s good warm or cold, plain or dressed up, but my favorite way to serve it is layered with berries in wine glasses or mason jars. Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries – I’ll take them all.
Since we’re inching into berry season once again, I decided to turn my tried-and-true vanilla pudding recipe into a mix that I can keep on hand. Now, whenever gorgeous berries inspire me to make a batch of vanilla pudding, I’ll just need to grab a scoop of mix from the pantry to be off and running. And since my recipe only takes 12 minutes to make, I’d say we’ll be eating more vanilla pudding this summer.
Want to try my vanilla pudding mix? Here’s the recipe
Vanilla Pudding Mix Recipe
This recipe will make enough mix for six batches of vanilla pudding.
3-1/4 cups + 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
1 cup + 2 Tbsp cornstarch (or your preferred thickener)
What You Do:
In a large bowl, mix the granulated sugar and cornstarch together until well combined. Then, transfer your finished mix to an air-tight container. This recipe has been sized to fit a quart jar.
Recipe Variation: If you don’t want to have to add fresh milk to your pudding when you make it, you can add powdered milk to this mix. This is a handy addition, if you want to take this mix with you on camping/backpacking trips, or if you don’t buy milk regularly. Just add four cups of powdered milk to your mix, and measure out an extra 2/3 cup of mix when you make your pudding. So, per the directions below, you would use 3/4 cup of mix + another 2/3 cup to make a batch. This will increase your mix by another quart, so you’ll need to store it in a larger container or divide it between two quart jars.
Here are some free labels that you can print and use to label your vanilla pudding mix. They’re designed to print on full-sheet shipping labels. Use Avery 8165, if you have an inkjet, or Avery 5265, if you have a laser printer.
I recommend using smooth-sided jars or containers with the labels. They don’t go over the raised lettering on canning jars very well. Ball sells smooth jars, and they’re readily available at craft stores. They cost more than regular mason jars, but that’s nothing a 40% off coupon can’t fix.
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Alright, now that you have my vanilla pudding mix recipe, let’s make some vanilla pudding!
Stove-Top Vanilla Pudding Recipe
3/4 cup vanilla pudding mix
2 cups milk
2 Tbsp vanilla extract
What You Do:
Combine all the ingredients in a sauce pan, and stir continuously over medium heat. The dry ingredients will be slow to incorporate. Just keep stirring, and they’ll eventually mix in. Your pudding is done when it thickens and begins to boil. This should happen around the 12 minute mark.
Remove the pan from the heat, as soon as the pudding starts to boil, and allow it to cool a bit before serving. It’ll continue to thicken as it cools. You’ll see that the pudding is white, instead of the pale yellow that you’re probably used, too. That’s just because there are no artificial colors in this recipe. If you prefer the pale yellow color, just add a small drop of yellow food coloring.
This pudding is equally good warm or chilled. We tend to eat it warm in the winter, and chilled in the summer.
I’ll be sharing my recipes for no-cook instant vanilla and chocolate pudding mix soon. I designed them to be a replacement for those little boxes of instant pudding mix.
And in case you missed it, here’s my recipe for chocolate pudding mix.