Simple Farmhouse Pudding

It only takes a few ingredients to make a simple pudding. Delicious and easy to whip up in a pinch, this recipe is a favorite at our farmhouse.

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Pudding: A Farmhouse Classic

Pudding might be the most quintessential farm recipe. Traditionally, almost every farm would have at least one family milk cow and a few chickens running around. With the key ingredients being milk, butter, and eggs, most farms have every ingredient they need with out even going to the store.

What You’ll Need

  • 4 Quart Sauce Pan
  • Rubber Spatula
  • Whisk
  • Milk
  • Butter
  • Eggs
  • Vanilla
  • Cornstarch
  • Sugar
  • Optional: Cocoa Powder, Brown Sugar
pudding ingredients

About this Recipe

One of my many farm apprenticeships was on a grass-based cow dairy. They also raised pastured pork and had a mobile chicken coop for their laying hens. This recipe was our go-to for a quick and decadent dessert. On my recipe card it says “Basic Pudding”, with a note that I got it from Linda, who got it from someone named Brea. I don’t know where Brea got it from.


The recipe I’m sharing is for vanilla pudding. Here are three quick variations you can try if you want a different flavor.

Chocolate: Add 1/4 Cup + 1 Tablespoon cocoa powder at the same time you add your sugar and cornstarch.

Butterscotch: Replace the white sugar with brown sugar.

Extra Rich Vanilla: Use three eggs instead of two.

Banana: Simply add banana for a banana cream! Bonus if you sprinkle some crushed up graham cracker on, too.

Cornstarch Substitute: You can replace cornstarch with the flour of your choice at a ratio of 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch = 2 Tablespoons of flour. 

Pudding Pop: Pour this into pudding molds and freeze for a cold, yummy treat.

Tips on Making Pudding

  • Use a whisk to incorporate all your ingredients, then switch to a rubber spatula. As it thickens, stir with the spatula pressed to the bottom of your pan. This will prevent scorching much better than a whisk will.
  • If you don’t want a skin on top, press plastic wrap or another cover directly on top of the pudding as it cools.
  • If you do want a skin, let it cool sitting on your counter. I must say I despise skin on an instant pudding. Skin on a from scratch pudding, however, gets thick and tasty like a layer of ultra moist cake.


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Simple Farmhouse Pudding

You are a few simple ingredients and about fifteen minutes away from an amazing dessert!
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6


  • Whisk
  • Rubber Spatula
  • 4-Quart Sauce pan
  • Measuring Cups
  • Measuring Spoons


  • 4 Cups Whole Milk
  • 2 Eggs
  • 2/3 Cups Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons Cornstarch
  • 1/2 Cup Butter
  • 2 Tsp Vanilla


  • Add milk and eggs to your saucepan over medium heat. Whisk together until well blended.
  • Whisk in sugar and cornstarch until completely smooth.
  • Bring slowly to a boil, stirring from the bottom using your rubber spatula.
  • Once it begins to thicken, remove it from the heat. Continue stirring.
  • Add in butter and vanilla. Stir until well combined.
  • Serve warm or chill.
  • Best eaten with 2 days.


Chocolate: Add 1/4 Cup + 2 Tablespoons cocoa along with your sugar and thickener.
Butterscotch: Substitute brown sugar for white sugar.
Rich Vanilla: Use three eggs instead of two.
Cornstarch Substitute: You can replace cornstarch with the flour of your choice at a ratio of 1 Tablespoon of Cornstarch = 2 Tablespoons of flour. 
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Looking for another easy, tasty recipe? Check out my recipe for granola!

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