Try These Recipes for National Vanilla Pudding Day

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Vanilla pudding takes us back to childhood days of pudding packs and after-school snacks.  You don't have to be a kid to enjoy this dessert for National Vanilla Pudding Day.  Homemade vanilla pudding is comfort food at its finest.  Whip up this treat tonight.

Cooking Light's Vanilla Bean Pudding


2 1/2 cups 2% reduced-fat milk 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise 3/4 cup sugar 3 tablespoons cornstarch 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup half-and-half 2 large egg yolks 4 teaspoons butter


Place milk in a medium, heavy saucepan. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to milk. Bring to a boil.

Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl, stirring well. Combine half-and-half and egg yolks, stirring well. Stir egg yolk mixture into sugar mixture. Gradually add half of hot milk to sugar mixture, stirring constantly with a whisk.

Return hot milk mixture to pan; bring to a boil. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly with a whisk. Remove from heat. Add butter, stirring until melted. Remove vanilla bean; discard.

Spoon pudding into a bowl. Place bowl in a large ice-filled bowl for 15 minutes or until pudding cools, stirring occasionally. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap; chill. Peanut Butter Pudding Variation: Omit vanilla bean, salt, and butter; stir in 1/4 cup reduced-fat creamy peanut butter after custard is cooked. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup).

Coconut Pudding Variation: Omit vanilla bean. Omit 3/4 cup milk, and replace it with 3/4 cup light unsweetened coconut milk. Omit butter; stir in 1/2 cup toasted sweetened flaked coconut after pudding is cooked. Yield: 6 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup).

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If vanilla isn't your favorite flavor, try these other options:

Peanut Butter Pudding

Shaq O'Neal's Banana Pudding

Chocolate Bits Pudding

Emeril's  Warm Pudding Cakes

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