Memaw's Pet Milk Pudding


This milk pudding recipe came from my mom's Memaw. Made with PET evaporated milk, it's only done right if cooked on the stovetop. I'll always remember her through her recipes more than her pictures. This recipe is great on cold nights, dressed up with cinnamon. A really great comfort food — I've seen and felt it work! I'm Southern and firmly believe in comfort foods.

Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
40 mins


  • cup self-rising flour

  • ¾ cup white sugar

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 cup evaporated milk

  • cup water

  • ¼ cup margarine, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon


  1. Whisk self-rising flour, sugar, eggs, evaporated milk, and water together in a saucepan placed over medium-high heat. Whisk constantly while bringing mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Whisking constantly, cook pudding at a simmer until thickened, about 15 to 20 minutes.

  2. When pudding has thickened, stir in margarine and vanilla extract until thoroughly combined.

  3. Remove pudding from heat and set aside for about 10 minutes to cool. Sprinkle pudding with cinnamon; serve warm.


You can substitute 3 cups regular milk for evaporated milk if you want to deviate and make regular plain pudding.

When making this dish, I reuse the empty PET Milk can to fill with water as my measuring cup. It's a little less than a cup of water.

My grandmother says to wait until it's firm and cooked well to add 1/4 to 1/2 cup butter, but I usually grow impatient. It cooks in about 15 to 20 minutes and will thicken to a texture closely resembling oatmeal.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
13g Fat
35g Carbs
7g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 105mg 35%
Sodium 248mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 30g
Protein 7g
Vitamin C 1mg 4%
Calcium 151mg 12%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 167mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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