Classic Vanilla Pudding
“Vanilla” shouldn't be a synonym for “boring.”
Why This Recipe Works
Vanilla pudding should be simple yet creamy, rich, and ultrasatisfying. Traditional thickeners include flour, cornstarch, and eggs. For our recipe, we found that a combination of egg yolks and cornstarch created a lusciously silky texture without being chalky. Milk—as opposed to half-and-half or heavy cream—provided a creamy texture without being so fatty as to distract from the vanilla flavor. A relatively small amount of sugar paired with a hefty 1 tablespoon of vanilla gave this dessert pure vanilla flavor.