I'm a bit obsessed with real foodifying the junky comfort foods of my youth. Some of my favorite makeovers are nachos with homemade chips, french fries with gravy, the perfect mashed potatoes, gluten-free deep dish pizza, chocolate chip cookies, and salted caramels.
Recently nostalgia called again…
Remember vanilla pudding out of a box? I loved that stuff as a kid, and and now we can fall in love with homemade vanilla pudding all over again – real food style.
Here's what's in the boxed stuff:
Sugar, Modified Food Starch, less than 2% of Natural and Artificial Flavor, Salt, Disodium Phosphate and Tetrasodium Pyrophosphate (For Thickening), Mono- and Diglycerides (Prevent Foaming), Artificial Color, Yellow 5, Yellow 6, Bha (Preservative)
I mean, how do they manage to shove so much junk into some simple pudding?!?
My version of homemade vanilla pudding (inspired from this one) is packed with grassfed milk and butter and eggs from pasture raised hens. Rather than white sugar crack, it's sweetened with mineral-rich maple syrup that also lends a caramel flavor when paired with pure vanilla extract. Finally, instead of something that sounds like lighter fluid, my version is thickened with arrowroot powder that is both nutritious and non-allergenic.
Best of all, this homemade vanilla pudding tastes way better than anything I've had out of a box.
By the way, my husband the Brit ( a.k.a. “Bloke”) looked at me a bit suspicious when I offered this “pudding.” As you probably know, in the U.K., “pudding” refers to all-things-dessert – unless we're talking Yorkshire pudding or blood pudding.
By British standards, my homemade vanilla pudding would be called vanilla custard.
Whatevs. It's a bowl full of happiness no matter what you call it.
Homemade vanilla pudding ingredients
- 5 1/2 cups of whole milk, from pasture raised cows
- 6 egg yolks, from pasture raised hens
- 1/3 – 1/2 cup of maple syrup (estimate based on your tastes for sweets)
- 1/2 cup arrowroot powder – get it online here
- 1/2 teaspoon sea salt – this is my favorite sea salt
- 6 tablespoons of butter, from pasture raised cows
- 4 tablespoons of vanilla
Homemade vanilla pudding method
- In a large saucepan, whisk the milk, egg yolks, maple syrup, arrowroot powder and salt.
- Turn on stove to medium heat and whisk continuously as the mixture thickens, about 7-10 minutes. Take care not to burn the mixture.
- When the pudding is nice and thick and coats the back of a spoon, remove it from the heat and stir in the butter and vanilla.
- Pour the pudding into eight one cup mason jars or equivalent dishes and place in the fridge to chill.