White Chocolate Pudding

Chocolate, Dessert, Puddings and Custards | 12 comments

This pudding is incredibly easy to make. And so delicious that I couldn’t even wait until dinner tonight to have some of the leftovers, but instead ate it at lunch. I’m sure I’ll be sorry later when I see Eric enjoying his and there is none left for me. I added just a touch of lemon zest for a lemon-white chocolate version. It was the perfect background flavor and didn’t overpower the velvety smooth white chocolate. Definitely not a low-fat dessert, but paired with a light dinner I think it’s perfect.

Originally I wanted to garnish the pudding with raspberries. The grocery store was sold out, so pistachios it was. Pistachios are one of my favorite nuts. Recently I had some pistachio gelato and ever since have been inspired to use pistachios in a dessert. While this isn’t a pistachio based dessert, they added a nice touch – both in flavor and in presentation.

Also? While Wal-mart is one of my least favorite places to shop, I did happen upon these cute little dessert dishes that were perfect for the pudding. At only two or so dollars a piece, you can’t really go wrong with that.

White Chocolate Pudding
adapted from Cook’s Illustrated Double-Chocolate Pudding

  • 2 Tbs cornstarch
  • 2 /3 c sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/2 c half and half
  • 1/2 c heavy cream
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 2 c whole milk
  • 6 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 Tbs butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • whipped cream
  • chopped pistachios
  • shaved white chocolate

Sift the cornstarch, sugar, and salt into a medium, heavy bottomed sauce pan. Slowly whisk in the half and half, heavy cream, followed by the yolks. Next, whisk in the milk and white chocolate.

Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly with a whisk. Reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring gently but constantly with a wooden spoon, until the pudding coats the spoon very thickly, 1 1/2 – 2 minutes.

Stir in butter and vanilla. Divide into 6 dessert dishes and refrigerate at least 3 hours, or up to 2 days. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and garnish with chopped pistachios and shaved white chocolate.

variation: for a Lemon-White Chocolate Pudding, add the zest of 1/2 a lemon at the time you add the white chocolate.

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Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    Foodie McBody - March 25, 2009 @ 10:31 pm

    I think I just shorted out my computer keyboard from drooling on it.


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    Phoebe @ Cents to Get Debt Free - March 25, 2009 @ 10:42 pm

    Oh wow!Thanks for posting this–been dying to know how you made it after your tweet yesterday!@GettingFreedom


  • 3
    Maria - March 25, 2009 @ 11:22 pm

    Looks great! I want to try the lemon variation!


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    simply_hibiscus - March 26, 2009 @ 6:54 am

    i just had to let you know that your blog is absolutely drool making all of your recipes are just my cup of tea ^_^i’ve learned the joys of cooking at 18 years young and i will constantly be coming to your site once i have my own kitchen to cook in oooohhh myyy the wonders i can’t wait to try and taste ^_^thank you!!!


  • 5
    Maris - March 28, 2009 @ 3:55 pm

    This looks so light yet decadent!


  • 6
    Sarah - March 31, 2009 @ 3:26 am

    Oh, YUM! And I love pistachios!


  • 7
    Corina - Down to Earth Mama - March 31, 2009 @ 1:21 pm

    Yum. Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to have to make this. SOON.


  • 8
    Amy - March 31, 2009 @ 6:41 pm

    Oh, how I love this picture and I so want to try this recipe! YUM!


  • 9
    Amanda - April 29, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

    wow that looks amazing!


  • 10
    Kevin - May 30, 2009 @ 5:25 pm

    Nice photo! I have been wanting to try making a white chocolate pudding.


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    Capturing Joy with Kristen Duke - October 07, 2012 @ 1:57 pm

    This recipe looks so delicious! I shared this on my 37 Delicious White Chocolate Recipes Round up here:



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