Make your own substitute for the store-bought boxes of pudding mix with this simple make ahead powdered mix that can be adapted for different flavors. Each cup of pudding mix will yield about 4 servings of cooked pudding of about a 1/2 cup size. This recipe makes 3 cups of mix.
Keyword: Pantry Mix
2cupsDry Milk Powder
1cup + 2 TblWhite Sugar
Combine the dry milk powder, sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Store in a covered container. This will yield 3 cups of mix.
To make a batch of pudding: Place one cup of the mix in a small saucepan. Slowly add 2 cups boiling water, stirring as you add the water. Then cook on the stove over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture is thickened.
To make vanilla pudding: Stir in 1 tablespoon of butter and 1 teaspoon of vanilla at the end of the cooking time once the mixture has thickened. Then put in the refrigerator to cool.
To make chocolate pudding: Add 2 tablespoons of cocoa powder to the cup of dry mix before cooking. Stir in 1 tablespoon of butter and a ½ teaspoon of vanilla at the end of the cooking time once the mixture has thickened. Then put in the refrigerator to cool.
More ideas:For Butterscotch PuddingUse brown sugar in the place of white sugar when making the original mix.For Lemon PuddingAdd 1 Tbl of lemon juice, 1 tsp of lemon zest, and 1 Tbl of butter at the end of the cooking time.For Richer Flavored Pudding:Use 1 cup boiling water and 1 cup warmed milkFor Chocolate Pie Filling:Use 1-1/2 cups of the Mix with 3 Tbl of Cocoa Powder. Add 3 cups of boiling water and cook. Add 1-1/2 Tbl of butter and 1 tsp of vanilla at the end of the cooking time.For Dairy Free/Vegan Pudding:You could try using powdered soy milk or coconut milk powder instead of the dry milk powder in the base mixture. Use a plant-based margarine option instead of butter and use a little extra vanilla extract than called for in the other recipes.For a half size batch of pudding:Use ½ cup of the mix with 1 cup of boiling water. If making a chocolate version, add 1 Tbl of cocoa powder. Add a ½ Tbl of butter and 1/2 tsp of vanilla at the end of the cooking time (or ¼ tsp of vanilla if making a chocolate version).For a larger batch of mix:I have revised my original recipe so that it’s now a slightly smaller size. If you would like to make my original larger version use 3 cups milk powder, 1-3/4 cups white sugar, 1 cup cornstarch, and ½ tsp salt. This yields 4 cups of mix.