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Homemade Vanilla Bean Pudding

Servings: 3 Cups
Author: Kelly the Kitchen Kop

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk, read about healthy milk choices
  • 1 vanilla bean split lengthwise (or 1 Tablespoon organic vanilla extract)
  • 3/4 cup sugar, I use regular organic cane sugar or coconut sugar — NOTE: coconut/palm sugar will make the pudding a light brown color, not the creamy color you're used to with vanilla pudding.
  • 4 Tablespoons organic cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 cup cream, best from cows on pasture
  • 2 large egg yolks, best from pastured hens
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons maple syrup optional

Instructions

  • Pour milk in a medium, heavy saucepannot Teflon, but you knew I'd say that. Scrape seeds from the vanilla bean; add seeds and bean to the milk. Keep stirring and bring it almost to a boil on medium heat, being careful not to burn it.
  • Combine sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a large bowl, and stir well. Combine cream and egg yolks, stirring well. Stir egg yolk mixture into sugar mixture. Gradually add half of the hot milk to sugar mixture (if you go too fast it will get clumpy), stirring constantly with a whisk. Return hot milk mixture to pan, add maple syrup for extra flavor yumminess if desired.  Bring it almost to a boil again and keep stirring with a whisk.  It should begin to thicken, then cook for one more minute. Remove from heat. Add butter (and vanilla extract if that's what you're using), stirring until melted. Remove vanilla bean and discard.
  • Spoon pudding into bowls. Cover surface of pudding with plastic wrap if you don't like the ‘pudding skin' that forms on top.  (Or keep whisking as it cools and then that film won't develop.) Chill well and serve with fresh berries and/or real whipped cream for extra deliciousness!