Easy Custard Pudding

Custard Pudding

Custard Pudding

This simple recipe makes the most amazing custard. It thickens as it cools. In some countries, cornstarch is called corn flour. My (American) cornstarch has a very fine powdery texture, resembling powdered sugar. - Jenny Jones

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Makes: 4 servings

Custard Pudding


  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch (not corn flour)
  • 2 cups milk (whole milk or low fat)
  • 2 egg yolks


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar & cornstarch.
  2. Slowly whisk in the milk & egg yolks.
  3. Place over medium heat and bring to a boil. Cook about 1 minute, stirring constantly, until thickened. (it will thicken more as it cools)
  4. Pour into serving cups and let stand to cool or refrigerate, undisturbed, until it’s set – about an hour.

Notes: For some reason, when I stir the pudding while it’s cooling, it refuses to thicken and set. So don’t stir it until it sets.

For more on this recipe in my blog click here.

111 Comments on "Custard Pudding"

  1. Barb

    Jenny can you add a flavouring to this recipe like lemon or coconut ?

  2. Sandra Lindsey

    I found your recipe very easy and it comes out great.
    I do want to share with you that Bri g diabetic I replace the sugar with Honey Crystal’s with have no artificial aftertaste and they’re low on the glycemic so it doesn’t spike the blood sugars .
    After all the research I’ve done over the past 45 years I don’t use any artificial sweeteners, too many of them at CAC the nerve shaft and the lining of the stomach and create problems for diabetics.

    I hope this helps any fellow diabetics in using replacement for sugar in their cooking 🙂

  3. Lexi

    Just made this earlier. I added nutmeg and 1/2 tsp vanilla.
    Tasted just like custard and is more of a pudding than a true custard but I expected that from all the stirring. If I make this again I’m going to cut the sugar in half to 1/4 cup and add another egg yolk.

  4. Claire

    Thank you for this! We’re doing a surprise party for my mom while on family vacation, and I’ve decided to do a “make your own trifle” bar. Was looking for a simple custard, as I’ve never made it before. Turned out SPOT ON. I was expecting to botch the first batch and have to make a second to get the hang of it, but I didn’t! It was awesome on attempt one.

  5. Brenda Jones

    My mother taught me how to make this pudding when I was about 9 years old. That was 60 years ago. We had a wood burning stove. The recipe was much the same as your’s.
    I must have made hundreds and hundreds of this pudding, some times add cocoa, sometimes use brown sugar. Now I don’t even measure just dump stir cook cool eat. And it still is very close to your precise measurements. Interesting to read the comments.


    Can this recipe be used as a filling for a jelly roll? How much would it take to fill? Is this recipe similar to an éclair filling?

  7. Donna Hursey

    Jenny, I am 77 years old now and I am just now wanting to learn how to cook. I found you on line and I am going to keep you. For the first time in my life following your recipe I maid Egg custard Pudding, I have made it every night from this past weekend. It is soooooo good. Thank you. I will be trying your different receips. Your Good Girl!

  8. Donna Hursey

    Jenny, I am 77 years old now and I am just now wanting to learn how to cook. I found you on line and I am going to keep you. For the first time in my life following your recipe I maid Egg custard Pudding, I have made it every night from this past weekend. It is soooooo good. Thank you. I will be trying your different receips. Your Good Girl!

  9. Peggy

    I have made this twice today and neither batch turn out.I poured both of them out after cooling for hours (yes I did say POURED, like liquid). I cannot get this to set and cannot figure out why. Am I not cooking it long enough? Is there an order to put in the ingredients? What can I do????

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Assuming you let it cool undisturbed, I don’t really know. Can you please list all your ingredients and I’ll see if I can help.

    • Vita

      Mix the ingredients and try cooking the pudding/custard in a doible boiler and see if that helps

  10. Carol Harvey

    Just made this custard/pudding and it is delicious!!!
    Never had good luck cooking custards in saucepan so
    I cooked in a double boiler over water, turned out perfect.
    Thank you for sharing!

  11. Michelle

    I was looking for this recipe. My Mom always made custard this way. Even id she was making coconut cream pie. It was delicious. Thank you.

  12. Simone Carrier

    Last week I found it to be too sweet. Today, reduced sugar to 1/3 cup, much better. Great recipe with slight adjustment

  13. Donald E Clayton

    I add 1/2 teaspoon vanilla to mixture, and sprinkle a little nutmeg on top after pouring into cups. YUMMY!!!

  14. FAYE


  15. Colette

    Can u use heavy cream instead of milk for a thicker creamer texture?

    • Notubug

      Hi, I just made this great custard w 1/2 1/2 and milk and a c of w cream.I layering it in a trifle. Have not decided if I will mousse it with tempered egg whites. I made 4 batches at 1 time. I would not make it all w Cream.May be temperamental and clot. Not smooth as u would like.

  16. Carolyn

    Great recipe…. I Maki it at least once a week…. Thank you!!!

  17. Donna

    I don’t know if anyone addressed your comment about the custard not setting if you stir it while cooling but that is a characteristic of cornstarch puddungs & sauces. Stirring will “break” the structure.

    • Jenny Can Cook

      Thanks so much for explaining this – I learned something new!

  18. Hugh Oive

    I would like to try your custard but as both my wife and I are diabetics we avoid sugar. Can I make this using Splenda?

    Also, do you have a recipe for sugar free chocolate pudding.?

    • Jenny Can Cook

      I’m sorry, I have no experience with sugar-free desserts.

      • Notubug

        Try a organic granulated stevia. Avail on Amazon. Try for sweetness. Cut back if needed.

      • Notubug

        Excuse me, cornstarch has 7 gms of carb per tbsp. Far less than a piece of toast. Especially split even for 2 people.

    • Char

      You should try looking at the Splenda website. They have wonderful sugar-free recipes. Enjoy!

    • Kat

      Corn starch is a highly processed carbohydrate and has a high glycemic index. Even if you cut out the sugar entirely, this recipe is not suitable for diabetics. Sorry 🙁

      • Notubug

        Nope sorry, look it up. 1 cup is 87 on the glycolic load, more specific than index. 1 CUP.

    • Renita

      Yes u can make it with Splenda. It is just as good.

  19. Norma Socia

    My Grandmother always put Mace cinnamon vanilla and nutmeg in her custard , rice and bread puddings == Delicious.

  20. J.R. Allen

    I loved this recipe for custard pudding!! I feel like the addition of cornstarch alleviated much of trouble that I traditionally run into with custards (sometimes it doesn’t thicken as well as I’d like). THANKS! Oh, I also added a little vanilla, sooo yummy!

  21. Angela M. Gergen

    I put some cooked rice in to make it rice pudding. It is delicious!

  22. Karen

    I added a 1/2 cup of peanutbutter to this custard and use this for my peanutbutter pie filling! So creamy and my family loves this recipe!

  23. Aggie Dellarocco

    I made this and love it! I make it for my sick friend and she loves it. Thank you, hope to see more of your good receipes.

    • Joyce

      Been looking for easy recipe since I moved to Fl and got sick needed something easy to swollow so going to try try it

  24. Sheara

    Was so easy and good,had to be on soft diet was looking for something dif and this was great. Still eating it even tho not on soft diet anymore!

  25. Tanya R

    Thank you for this recipe. If I knew how easy custard was to make I would have made it sooner. I used whole milk insread and added vanilla extract. It’s was so delicious. 😊

  26. Cathrene Brisco

    Do u have to put it into single servings or can i put it into one bowl?

  27. Cynthia

    I love rice pudding lm no longer eating rice.So l try this custard so easy will make for my Grandbabies.😊

  28. Kelly

    When my mom made custard she would sprinkle nutmeg on the top once it cooled.Im going to try this recipe and add the nutmeg .Hopefully it taste just like Moms

  29. Julia

    Good recipe but doesn’t make 4 servings…

    • Maia KoZ

      LOL! Julia, the last person I heard making that remark was a comedienne named, “Elaine Boozler.” Only she was referring to Haagen daz ice cream. LOL

    • Carol

      It makes 4 one-half cup servings.

  30. Julia

    Quick and easy to make…

    subbed 1% milk for 2% (It gave it a thicker and creamier texture)and added some vanilla extract.

  31. Rosemarie

    Quick and tasty comfort dessert…I rarely wait an hour to enjoy. I like it creamy and warm as opposed to thick. Yum! Thanks!

  32. Janet

    Very nice and tasty..Added a bit of Vanilla. Thank you

  33. Allie

    Great recipe. I only use whole milk and at the end, stir in 2 tbsp butter to make it silky. Depending on my mood, I add a bit of flavoring too. Sometimes coconut extract, butter pecan and lemon. All yummy

  34. Teresa Frazier

    Can you use whole milk or lactose free whole milk? Also can you add vanilla flavoring? Thank you!!

  35. Beatrice Thomas

    Oh I absolutely love this recipe. Reminds me of custard puddings when I was young. It cooks up perfectly(follow the recipe precisely)

  36. nicole

    Hey, is it gonna work without sugar

    • Mrsd

      it would not be custard without the sugar.. use a measurable sugar substitute like Stevia. Without the sugar it would be thick egg milk ! YECH

  37. Gilbert Blythe

    Isn’t the total time supposed to say 1 hour and 15 minutes instead of 15min.?????????????????????? I was expecting to eat it right away after my wife Anne made it

    • Jenny

      None of my recipes include cooling time so 15 minutes is the correct time to make this recipe. I hope you liked it once you had some.

  38. LaTonya Adams

    Comes out perfectly every time! Very easy to make!

  39. Marilyn

    I’ve doubled the recipe and that comes up good.

  40. Mary Lou

    Can I add more eggs and milk, etc and bread cubes to make a bigger batch

    • Jenny

      I have only made this recipe the way I posted it so I’m not sure what you’ll get if you make too many changes. I guess you will just have to try. Your best bet at first would be just to double all the ingredients and see how it turns out. Puddings and custards can be a bit temperamental so good luck.

    • Jana Jensen

      I believe you are looking for what is known in my part of the country as Pioneer Pudding or Bread Pudding. It is a fabulas desert and has the custard component. Raisins and cinnamon are often added as well. It’s great served warm and vanilla ice cream on top! Try looking under those titles for variations with the bread pudding type desert and if anyone has any good recipes for that, please share it with me, as my Mom and sister passed away and the recipes were lost with them! Thankyou all!

      • Jenny

        You could look at my bread pudding recipe under “Sweets.”

  41. Cathy

    Hi Jenny, Can I make this recipe for 24 people by increasing the recipe amounts by 6? I cook once a month for a seniors’ group and believe they would like this dessert. Thanks

    • Jenny

      I wish I knew but I only cook for two. You may have to test it out.

      • Notubug

        I made 4 batches, layering in a large trifle. Came our great

  42. Tish

    Jenny, my mother made custard pies something like this. Boiled the custard on the stove, put it in baked pie shells then used the egg whites to make meringue Then browned them in the oven. She had no recipe and for years I have tried to figure this recipe out but have not had any luck. I remember she did not add vanilla , just scrapping off a nutlike thing which I can’t remember what it was called. I’m 75 now an still in search of this recipe. Can you help me figure it out? Thanks friend.

  43. Nu

    Can I substitute cocconut for the milk

    • Jenny

      I have only made it with milk so I don’t know. It’s best to look for a recipe that uses the ingredients you have rather than make changes.

    • Sherry

      I have made custard pudding using coconut milk and it comes out very tasty. You may have to change the amount of sugar added if your coconut milk is sweetened. This custard pudding can also be made with almond milk.

  44. Devon

    Can you add vanilla?

  45. 1dermomx3

    Just made a batch,used full fat milk looks good tastes great 😉😁thank you..

  46. Guy

    Thank you for this simple and delicious recipe. I was recently in East Africa, where corn powder is called “custard powder”. But, I did not know that “custard” there is something you can pour; if it sets, it is then called custard pudding. So I was quite confused when I made “custard” with just the custard powder, sugar, and milk, and it did not “set”. But, you set me straight. Thanks.

  47. diamond rain

    Can you use regular milk thanks

    • Jenny

      I have never used whole milk so you will have to try.

  48. Sarah

    I used this recipe as a filling to popovers. Poured it in right after taking it off the stove. As the popovers had been cooling, it warmed them back up and made for a fantastic sweet breakfast, with some raspberries. 🙂

  49. shirlyn

    Hi Jenny

    Managed to find cornstarch from supermarket. May i asked what kind of milk do you use? What’s 1% milk? Thank you.

    • Jenny

      Here in the U.S. we have four kinds of milk. Whole milk, 2% milk, 1% milk, and skim milk. The differences are as follows: Whole milk has the most fat. 2% has some of the fat removed. 1% has even more of the fat removed. Skim milk is fat free. I try to cook without too much fat so I use 1% milk for everything (except my chicken pot pie, which needs more fat). You can make my custard with whole milk. It will taste richer but it will have more calories and more saturated fat than if you used 1% (reduced-fat) milk. Here’s more info:

      • shirlyn

        Hi Jenny

        Appreciated and thank you for detailed info. It’s wonderful to see you back .. generously sharing your recipes with us again.

        • shirlyn

          Hi Jenny

          I’ve tried making custard pudding. It’s so smooth and creamy. My family has never tasted such a good pudding and we really enjoyed it very much. We’ll be making again. Thank you for your patience and guidance.

  50. khabirah

    Could I put plastic wrap over it to prevent a skin while its cooling?

    • Jenny

      You can put plastic on it while it’s cooling but there is almost no skin on this pudding, maybe because I use 1% milk. It’s hardly necessary at all but there is no harm in using the plastic if you choose.

  51. khabirah

    Instead of pouring the pudding into the serving cups to cool, can I did what you did in the video for the doughnuts and pour it onto a plate or two so that it can cool faster?

    • Jenny

      You can do that but then you will have to scrape it off the plate into a serving dish and it might not look so pretty.

  52. sue

    I know what I did wrong! I made this with egg whites. I use egg lands best also I just read the recipe wrong. My fault now the pudding looks just like yours.

    • Donna

      the recipe calls for egg whites, But Jenny mentioned the yolks…should it be 2 whoe eggs?

      • Jenny Can Cook

        The recipe does not call for egg whites, only egg yolks.

  53. raneem

    Can i use flour instead of cornstarch?

    • Jenny

      Pudding can be made with flour but I think you need more flour than cornstarch and it has to cook longer. I don’t believe it would be as light as one with cornstarch but if you don’t have cornstarch, it’s best to find a different recipe that uses flour for the exact ingredients.

      • Neil

        use a 3:1 ratio to replace flour for cornstarch and cook 2-3 minutes longer tast a little to see if it has a raw flour tast, if it does cook a little longer.

    • Notubug

      Also huge amt of carbs

  54. sue

    I made this today and we ate it this evening for desert. Very yummy! But why does your photo look yellow like vanilla pudding? Mine turned out totally white. I followed your recipe to a t. What did I do wrong?

    • Jenny

      I know from using different eggs that some yolks are deeper in color than others. I use Eggland’s Best and their yolks are more yellow than the others I’ve used. So it’s probably that your egg yolks are just a lighter color.

  55. Ally

    it’s a good idea to cover the pudding with plastic wrap as it cools so that it touches the surface of the pudding. That way you will never have that skin forming on top. That’s what I always do anyway:) Thanks for the recipe.

  56. patricia

    Hi Jenny,

    Love the custard pudding. I have made it a number of times. Enjoy all your recipes Thanks

  57. Vicki

    I love to watch and hear you talking while making your recipes!

    You make it look so easy (I don’t like cooking, but I like to watch others doing so). I will make this custard this week because it looks so easy and tasty too.

    Love all your serving dishes and tools as well – keep it up!

  58. Ann W.

    Hi, Jenny–I tried this recipe–we like it very much. Will be making it again.
    Thank you for all of your good recipes.

  59. Barbara

    I love your recipes and I really enjoy your video presentations….you make cooking fun!

    Can I substitute coconut milk or almond milk in your custard recipe. I m allergic to dairy.

    • Jenny

      I haven’t made my custard with either one but I looked online and see pudding recipes using cornstarch with either coconut milk or almond milk so I believe they would work in my recipe.

  60. Fran burke

    Hey Jenny- Have you ever put plastic wrap directly on the top of the custard while it cools? I do this with my pudding, making sure there is no air bubbles. I never get that ‘thick’ piece or ‘skin’ on top; creamy all the way through.

  61. Netasha

    Hey Jenny…Love, Love, Love all your recipes. Wondering though of the amount of servings and size please (or if just for me how much this makes This would also help on a few of your other delicious dishes.
    Cheers Netasha
    (a Canadian-Ukrainian)

    • Jenny

      I’m glad you like my cooking. All of my recipes say how many servings they make and this custard makes 4 servings – by that I mean 4 dessert cups. I think they hold about 2/3 of a cup each.

  62. Vanessa

    Jenny, I was wondering if we need to add vanilla extract to this? If so, at what stage should we add it? Also, what heat level should I have my stove on and should I have my stove on at step one?



    • Jenny

      Vanessa, your comment prompted me to clarify this recipe and to change the name from Vanilla Custard Pudding to Custard Pudding. To me it’s my vanilla pudding but there is no vanilla in the recipe so I don’t want to confuse anyone. Thanks so much for your questions. I think I clarified the recipe to show you combine everything before it goes on the stove (on medium heat), thanks to you…

Leave a Comment to Sandra Lindsey

My FAQs answer many question. I am not always able to answer questions.