Thursday, 18 July 2013

A Retro-Recipe Vanilla Pudding

There is something about summer that makes me feel nostalgic. I was looking through my 1950's Betty Crocker cookbook and saw this recipe for Cornstarch Custard. That sounds pretty grim but actually it's Vanilla Pudding!  


When I was a kid, my Mom used Jello Pudding mix to make Vanilla Pudding.  I don't know why she didn't make it from scratch, it's so easy.   Here's the recipe straight from Betty Crocker:


Mix together in a saucepan....
1/4 cup sugar
2 Tablespoons cornstarch (cornflour)* 
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg

Stir in gradually.....
2 cups milk

Cook over a low heat, stirring constantly until mixture boils.  Boil 1 minute (until the pudding is thick).

Blend in....
1 tablespoon butter (if desired)
1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 


The recipe book says to pour the pudding into sherbert glasses and chill.  I used small jars with screw on lids to make a sort of home made pudding pot, perfect for picnics.  


Summertime makes me nostalgic and eating Vanilla Pudding makes me feel like a kid again!

11 comments:

  1. Oh, it's pretty much the same as the set custard I use for the top of trifle! btw it would also be very good frozen on lolly sticks xx

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    1. What a great idea! : )x You are so clever, Celia, thanks.

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  2. Looks yummy! Could you flavour it with different flavours eg strawberry?

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    1. We also make chocolate pudding and a brown sugar butterscotch pudding. I think it would be great to experiment with different flavours. Maybe a big spoonful of strawberry jam stirred into it while it's warm? : )

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  3. Love the idea of putting this in little jars. I bet it is delicious with fruit. Am I right in thinking this is a bit like English custard? But thicker maybe?

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    1. It's a lot like English custard except it doesn't require as many egg yolks so it isn't as rich and has a slightly different texture. It's real kid stuff! : )

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  4. Nice. Love anything with vanilla.

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  5. Now, could this be transformed into chocolate pudding too?

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    1. It's an all purpose pudding recipe! : ) Here it is in chocolate: http://debsdustbunny.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/picnic-pudding.html

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  6. Cornstarch custard does sound horrible, but your recipe looks lovely!

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