No more store bought pudding cups or boxed instant pudding mixes! This Vanilla Pudding recipe is a deliciously smooth and creamy homemade dessert that is so easy to make and can be served warm or cold.
Put 2 cups of whole milk in a medium sized pot over medium heat. Add ½ cup of granulated sugar and ¼ teaspoon of salt and slowly bring to a low boil.
While waiting for the milk/sugar mixture to heat, add the remaining ½ cup of whole milk, 3 egg yolks, and ¼ cup cornstarch in a bowl and mix well until throughly combined. Set aside.
Once the milk mixture comes to a low boil, remove the pan from the heat and slowly stir in the milk/egg/cornstarch mixture. Return the pan back to the stovetop and turn up the heat to medium-high. Cook for about 5 minutes, constantly stirring until it thickens.
Remove pot from the heat and add 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract and 1 tablespoon butter. Stir well until the pudding is smooth and creamy.