½ Cup sugar
4 Tablespoons cornstarch
⅛ teaspoon salt
3 egg yolks
2 ½ cups whole milk
2 Tablespoons butter
2 teaspoon vanilla extract
In a large pot mix together ½ Cup sugar, 4 Tablespoons cornstarch, ⅛ teaspoon salt, 3 egg yolks
Gradually add in 2 ½ cups whole milk and mix until most of the egg mixture is dissolved.
Over medium heat gradually bring the mixture to a boil, whisking frequently to prevent burning until mixture is thick (about 8 minutes).
Once the pudding has come to a boil, remove from heat and add in 2 Tablespoons butter and 2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Whisk until they are combined.
Eat warm or cover with plastic wrap pushed down to the surface of the pudding and refrigerate until cool.
* To make chocolate pudding reduce the vanilla extract to 1 teaspoon and add in 12 oz chopped chocolate (about 1 bag of chocolate chips) once the pudding comes off the heat. Stir the chocolate to melt it into the pudding.
**This makes a good pie filling for a cream pie.