June 18, 2017

The Best Homemade Vanilla Pudding (Vanilla Custard Actually) - and SUGAR FREE VANILLA PUDDING - CUSTARD

Homemade Vanilla Pudding

I was pretty sure I had a post on homemade sugar free vanilla custard or pudding but without digging to long or far into my files, I found one post from 2006 - but nothing recent.  Well, it's 2017 now so it's time to update and post again!  Not only because it's been 11 years but because originally back in 2006 I was still often using sugar - and today of course we are sugar free so this post is for those seeking a super delicious, easy, amazing vanilla custard as well as those like us who prefer to make most things without white, refined sugar.  It's totally adaptable on a couple different levels.

Another thing I want to mention really quick (I know!  I'm getting to the recipe in a second!)  This is actually a vanilla custard but in America, over the years the line between custard and pudding has been lost on most people that are younger than say, 50 or 60 years old.  For the record, a custard is thickened with eggs while a pudding is thickened with flour or cornstarch.  This custard/pudding that I make uses both.  And if you are choosing to use almond milk, coconut milk or (my favorite) a blend of both; then using both thickeners makes for a perfectly thick and creamy pudding/custard verses the thinner style you normally get with almond or coconut milk.

I also sometimes use flour to thicken (about a heaping 1/3 cup) but use cornstarch other times.  Cornstarch does have less carbs.  I also have resistant cornstarch in my pantry for when I'm being really careful carb-counting.  I used regular cornstarch this time.  You can also use xanthan gum - but I didn't do that on this one so I'm not sure of the correct substitution amount for this recipe.  I'm guessing about 1 1/2 teaspoons might do it.

Homemade Vanilla Custard  (Vanilla Pudding)

1/2 c Truvia natural sweetener or a semi-heaping 3/4 cups sugar
3 T cornstarch, heaping
Dash of salt
3 1/2 c milk of choice 
4 egg yolks, beaten and in a small bowl
15 drops liquid natural sweetener (optional but I like the flavor of mixing 2-3 natural sweeteners)
1 T vanilla
1 T butter

In a saucepan on the stove whisk together the dry Truvia sweetener or whatever granulated natural sweetener you are using as well as a dash of salt.  Turn the burner up to medium and start to pour in the milk while whisking.  Bring it to a simmer and then turn down a bit; remove one cup of the liquid.  Drizzle (pour slowly) this liquid into the 4 beaten egg yolks, whisking.  Now drizzle (pour slowly) this mixture back into the pan of milk/pudding on the stove while whisking.  Turn the heat back up to medium and add the liquid sweetener drops at this time if you are choosing to use them.  If you are not using them, you may want to use a little more Truvia, Just Like Sugar or other sweetener to make up for it; it's all up to you and how sweet you like your pudding and custards.

As soon as the mixture starts to slowly boil, turn the heat back down to simmer and let it cook while stirring the whole time, until it becomes thick.  When it's nice and thick (and a texture of 'pudding') you can remove it from the heat and stir or whisk in your vanilla and a pat of butter.  Taste test.  Pour into a large serving dish and place a layer of saran or plastic wrap on the top to avoid a skin forming.  Let it set on the counter for about 20 minutes to cool just a little before placing it into your refrigerator to chill completely cold.  (I also scoop out 1 cup at this time to a bowl... and eat it warm!  LOVE fresh, warm, vanilla custard or pudding).

*NOTE*  You can make this into banana pudding by adding 2 sliced bananas to it before placing the plastic wrap over the bowl.  Be sure they are either on the bottom of the serving dish before pouring the pudding in, or are gently stirred in so they are not touching the air as the air will make them turn brown.

Whisk the dry sweetener or sugar with the corn starch

Add the milk and start to heat while whisking or stirring until it starts to get thick

Mix about 1 cup of the hot liquid into your egg yolks before returning this mixture to your pan

Whisk the egg and milk mixture back in, raise the heat and continue mixing

After it gets nice and thick remove from heat and stir or whisk in the vanilla and a pat of real butter for delicious flavor

Thick, smooth and so delicious!

Mmm.  Homemade Vanilla Custard

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