Custards and Puddings

Get easy recipes for creamy chocolate pudding, flan, mousse, and banana and rice puddings. Even beginner cooks can master these easy-to-make recipes.

Staff Picks

Kentucky Banana Pudding

Rating: 4.5 stars
This is my grandmother's recipe! A version with a cookie crust.

Chocolate Cream Pudding

Rating: 4.44 stars
Sugar, cornstarch, milk and unsweetened chocolate are cooked, thickened with egg yolks, cooked some more and then flavored with butter and vanilla before chilling.

Creme Brulee II

Rating: 4.32 stars
A wonderful baked creme brulee. Use white or brown sugar for the top. If you do not have a kitchen torch, a regular propane torch can be used or simply place the custard under the broiler for a few minutes.

Maple Syrup Custard Cups

Rating: 4.56 stars
Very light with a satiny texture and gentle maple flavor. These custard cups are the perfect ending to traditional 'New England'-styled holiday meals.

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

Rating: 4.25 stars
A delectable dessert. There is no substitute for the butter.

Chocolate Puddino

Chef John's Italian-style pudding recipe has a gloriously soft and silky texture.

Chia Coconut Pudding with Coconut Milk

Rating: 4.77 stars
Chia seeds make great desserts and are high in omega-3s. This recipe is a healthy alternative to processed desserts. It uses agave (or stevia if you prefer) as a sweetener instead of sugar. Stir again before serving and top with fresh fruit and another dash of cinnamon or spices.

Flan Mexicano (Mexican Flan)

Rating: 4.76 stars
This recipe was given to me by my mother-in-law, who is from Durango, Mexico. I had to beg her for years to give this recipe to me. Finally, she gave it to me for Christmas. I added orange zest, but the original recipe calls for just pure vanilla. You can use almond extract as well.

Classic Tapioca Pudding

Rating: 4.49 stars
A classic tapioca pudding recipe that requires a lot of attention, but it's worth it. Tapioca pudding is a great comfort food and can be served warm or cold.

Kelly's Butterscotch Pudding

Rating: 4.15 stars
This is a wonderful pudding recipe I have been making for years. Our family loves it best when it's hot. Can also use as a pie filling.

Swedish Rice Pudding

Rating: 4.17 stars
A favorite with Swedes in our Swedish organization - creamy on top and dense on the bottom. Serve with whipping cream and/or sweetened berries, if desired.

Butterscotch Budino

Rating: 4.62 stars
I'm gonna show you my take on this amazing Italian custard pudding. Above and beyond that rich and decadent butterscotch flavor, the texture here is unbelievable. To say it's smooth and luxurious doesn't come close to doing it justice. Serve as-is, with whipped cream, or topped with caramel sauce and flaky sea salt.

Inspiration and Ideas

Spanish Flan
Rating: Unrated
"I've been using this recipe for about 4 years now! Never fails to impress. I always have to make at least two batches for my family because everyone loves it." – Afra
Rice Pudding Recipes from Around the World
Creamy, luscious rice pudding is everywhere! So join us as we hit the top stops on our world tour of rice puddings.

The Best Banana Pudding

Rating: 4.72 stars

The best no bake banana pudding you will ever find (or so I've been told by many).