This is an easy recipe for making pudding or pie filling from scratch. For a little variety, try stirring 4 tablespoons of cocoa powder as it cooks, or stir in 1 to 2 cups flaked coconut or 3 sliced bananas to the filling just before refrigerating.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
10 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
16
Yield:
2 -10 inch pies
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Ingredients

16
Original recipe yields 16 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large saucepan, mix together the sugar, cornstarch and 3 cups milk. If making chocolate, mix in cocoa powder. Bring to a boil and stir frequently until mixture thickens.

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  • Whisk together last cup of milk with egg yolks. As pudding thickens, add egg yolk mixture and stir frequently. Bring to a boil for 1 minute.

  • Remove from heat, stir in butter and vanilla.

  • Pour into baked pie shells or use as a pudding. Refrigerate until chilled.

Nutrition Facts

155 calories; protein 2.7g; carbohydrates 29.9g; fat 3g; cholesterol 58mg; sodium 32.3mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (15)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2009
This was good. The recipe worked out and it did make a pudding and was not hard to make at all. On the down side, when using it as a pie filling with a graham cracker crust, it seeps more liquid than I would like a pie to. It sets up fine but then liquid seeps from it. I made it with cocoa powder for a chocolate pudding pie and I topped it with whipped cream. I made it for my son because he hates Key Lime and I made Key Lime for my husband, and my son did not care for it at all. He might just be more used to the instant puddings. It is really important with this pudding to really get all the white away from the yolks, my yolks were not too eager to fully separate, despite my use of an egg separator, so I had little bits of curdled egg white in it, not a lot but it freaked my son out. I did not have a problem with burning. I use quality thick bottom pots and have an electric stove and heated it on medium heat and stirring with a wire whisk. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2008
The eggs and milk part needs to be whisked before even turning on the heat because the mixture needs to be stirred CONSTANTLY (NOT "Frequently"!!!) It will burn if you stop stirring it even for a moment. It seems to be good other than that. Read More
(16)
17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 8
  • 4 star values: 6
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 3 stars
01/14/2008
The eggs and milk part needs to be whisked before even turning on the heat because the mixture needs to be stirred CONSTANTLY (NOT "Frequently"!!!) It will burn if you stop stirring it even for a moment. It seems to be good other than that. Read More
(16)
Rating: 4 stars
10/20/2009
This was good. The recipe worked out and it did make a pudding and was not hard to make at all. On the down side, when using it as a pie filling with a graham cracker crust, it seeps more liquid than I would like a pie to. It sets up fine but then liquid seeps from it. I made it with cocoa powder for a chocolate pudding pie and I topped it with whipped cream. I made it for my son because he hates Key Lime and I made Key Lime for my husband, and my son did not care for it at all. He might just be more used to the instant puddings. It is really important with this pudding to really get all the white away from the yolks, my yolks were not too eager to fully separate, despite my use of an egg separator, so I had little bits of curdled egg white in it, not a lot but it freaked my son out. I did not have a problem with burning. I use quality thick bottom pots and have an electric stove and heated it on medium heat and stirring with a wire whisk. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/18/2010
I just eyeballed the amount of cocoa and it tastes great but seems runny... maybe less milk next time i make it. Otherwise I loved it... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/08/2016
My childhood pleasure was visiting grandma and she would whip up a batch of chocolate pudding just for me. So creamy.This is the closes I can find "Loved it". I add 1-1/2 sugar and 3tbs coco 1tsp of cinnamon & substituted half of the milk for half & half cream "yummy" Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/18/2013
I used this recipe as a chocolate pudding to eat on its own with cocoa added. Of course the first ingredients MUST be whisked before heating. I used 1 cup sugar and 1/4 Splenda to sweeten it (just over a half-sweet ratio) and it was VERY sweet. I would stick to just under 1 cup sugar next time. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/25/2012
A good tasting pudding with a mousse like texture. I was not thrilled with the liquid coming out of it the next day still tasted very good though. I used the cocoa and whisked all the dry stuff together before adding the milk and heat. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/02/2014
It was really yummy and so easy. I used 3tbs of cocoa which was perfect. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/15/2015
Excellent! Soooo much better then the boxed stuff!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/14/2016
I made this twice. Used less sugar the second time and did prefer it (about 1/4 c less) but it turned out great. Gotta watch out or the milk will curdle! Read More