Homemade Pudding {in the microwave}

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This super simple microwave pudding recipe can easily be customized to whatever flavor you’re in the mood for ~ vanilla, chocolate, or butterscotch.

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Have you ever had homemade pudding?  Not the from-the-box-add-the-milk-and-whip variety… (Although it’s quite tasty…)

I mean the real deal.

My mom was a pro at homemade pudding.  It was her “go to” recipe for a simple, quick dessert and has become for us a comfort food tradition.

Homemade Microwave Pudding

It only takes a few simple ingredients:

pudding ingredients

2 cups milk, 1 cup sugar (I used brown sugar this time, for a “butterscotch” variety), 1/3 cup flour, and 2 eggs.

mix ingredients

Mix together the ingredients while the milk is heating in the microwave.

Mix everything except the milk in a bowl.

Once smooth, pour mixture into milk that has been heated slightly in the microwave.

stir into milk

{Remove the metal spoon!}  Place into the microwave and cook in intervals, stirring in between.  {This is where you have to “wing it” a bit.  My microwave is now 22 years old and is on its last leg.  I cooked mine in 2 minute intervals for a total of 6 minutes.  However, the newer model microwaves cook MUCH faster.  You probably want to try shorter intervals.}

The pudding will thicken up and look like this when done:

cook until thick

Serve hot or cold in your favorite dishes.

We love to eat it hot, but it’s certainly just as yummy cold.

pudding parfaits

Customize the recipe to make it the flavour you’d like.

This recipe is really fun and easy to adapt to a variety of flavours, too:

  • for chocolate, use white sugar and add 1/3 cup cocoa to the mixture
  • for vanilla, use white sugar and add 1 tsp vanilla flavouring once cooked
  • for a fun twist to parfaits, make a batch of vanilla pudding.  Once cooked divide the batch into 2 bowlfuls.  In one bowl, add a handful of chocolate chips to the hot pudding.  Stir quickly until melted.  Then layer in parfaits ~ one layer chocolate, then one layer vanilla, etc… until full.  They look very impressive!Smile
  • for peanut butter (my brother’s favourite) add in a big spoonful of peanut butter to hot vanilla pudding.

If you don’t have a microwave, no worries!  I made this for years on the stovetop before my sister-in-law shared this microwave trick with me.  Just remember, heat up the milk slightly first, then add in the pudding mixture. Stir constantly to prevent sticking on the bottom of the pot.

These pudding varieties can also be used for pies.  Just pour the pudding into a baked pie shell.  Vanilla pudding over sliced bananas makes a divine banana cream pie.

Oh my…I want a piece right now!Smile

What “comfort foods” do you like at your house?

Homemade Pudding {in the microwave}

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  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 eggs 1
  • 1 tsp. vanilla


  • Pour milk into large microwavable bowl. Microwave for 90 seconds. Meanwhile, mix together sugar, flour and eggs. After the milk has been microwaved, whisk in the sugar, flour, and egg mixture. Microwave in 90 second intervals, whisking after each 90 seconds, until the mixture becomes thick. Stir in 1 tsp. vanilla. Serve hot or cold. (Variations: Add chocolate chips to hot mixture to make chocolate pudding. Add brown sugar instead of white for butterscotch pudding.)
Author: Rita Joy @ harbourbreezehome.com


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  1. Tried the butterscotch pudding tonight with my family and had a thumbs up review! My son and I battled over who got to make it so made it a joint effort. Thanks for the fun & yummy treat!

  2. Really good and really easy. Kids wanted it sweeter, so put extra 1/4 C sugar. Original amount was fine to me.

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