Vanilla Pudding Parfait

Here’s an easy and delicious recipe for a homemade cornstarch vanilla pudding you can make into this cute dessert parfait. I hope everyone had a wonderful 4th of July holiday. If your lucky enough to have today off, this is a delicious suggestion for a patriotic dessert. Traditionally this dessert is made with cubed sheet cake or angel food cake as a trifle or punch bowl cake. In this version, I just left out the cake and added some walnuts for texture. I topped it with Cool Whip and added more berries. I put it in a trifle bowl and it fit perfectly. If you are going to use the cake as a layer, it would fit better in a punch bowl.


Vanilla Pudding Parfait Recipe


3 1/2 cups milk
1/4 cup cornstarch
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt
4 egg yolks

Fruits and nuts:
2 cups raspberries (2 packages)
3 cups blueberries (2 packages)
1/2 cup walnuts or pecans

Cool Whip or Whipped Cream


Whisk cornstarch and sugar together in a saucepan. Add milk and whisk to combine. Add egg yolks and salt. Whisk well. Turn heat to medium and bring to a boil while continually whisking. Cook for 2 - 3 minutes after mixture starts to boil and remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract.

Let cool for 15 - 20 minutes.

Layer berries and nuts with pudding and top with whipped cream and more berries. Refrigerate for 2 - 3 hours before serving.

14 Responses to “Vanilla Pudding Parfait”

  1. 1
    deeba — July 5, 2010 @ 8:51 am

    That’s a gorgeous parfait…beautiful colours too!

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    Tickled Red — July 5, 2010 @ 11:59 am

    Ooooo…That is not just lick the spoon yummy that is “fight for the spoon yummy-licious” 🙂

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    NYFarmer — July 5, 2010 @ 12:58 pm

    RT @eclecticrecipes homemade cornstarch vanilla pudding you can mak… (gonna make w/the handful raspberries I have)

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    Ana Nelson — July 5, 2010 @ 1:00 pm

    RT @NYFarmer @eclecticrecipes homemade cornstarch vanilla pudding you can mak… / nom!

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    Monet — July 5, 2010 @ 1:04 pm

    This looks lovely! I have been craving pudding this past week (with animal crackers), and I hate buying those Jello boxes. Did you use whole milk or would it be okay to use reduced fat? Thanks for sharing this, love!

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      Angie — July 6, 2010 @ 10:53 pm

      I used soy milk this time. Whole milk tastes best and has the best result, but I wanted it to be a bit more figure friendly.

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    Co-Founder Ben Frear — July 5, 2010 @ 4:15 pm

    Delicious and easy dessert #recipe – vanilla pudding parfait: #food #cooking (via @eclecticrecipes)

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    Jim-49 — July 5, 2010 @ 4:22 pm

    Hey,I didn’t get one!! Looks very nice!! I thought about a “Banana Pudding”,just took some ribs,and corn off the smoker,but seeing this dish,I need to go pick blueberries.I don’t do it on Sunday,and forgot this morning.Very nice,Lady,have a wonderful day!!

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    grace — July 6, 2010 @ 4:22 am

    this pudding could enhance so many things, and it’s a great parfait base! that dish you’ve put together is absolutely stunning.

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    Barbara — July 6, 2010 @ 12:01 pm

    Love your patriotic pudding! I haven’t made a cornstarch pudding in years. This really looks delicious!

  10. 10
    Foodierama — July 7, 2010 @ 8:40 pm

    Vanilla Pudding Parfait #foodie

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    I8LA — July 7, 2010 @ 8:42 pm
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    Sophia — September 13, 2010 @ 11:51 am

    I just realized that it really isn’t that difficult to make a parfait. I tried my first one a couple of months ago using this easy Yogurt Parfait recipe. Now I want to try yours too! 🙂

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