White Chocolate Pudding flavored with a touch of Frangelico makes for a lush and dreamy dessert that’s impossible to resist! If you’ve only eaten pudding from a box, you’re in for a surprise. Homemade pudding is silky smooth, rich, and swoon-worthy!!
White Chocolate Desserts are sweet and rich, and this delectable homemade pudding is no exception!
Why You Should Make this Pudding
When we were first married, boxes of pudding mix made their way into our kitchen. The hubby was a fan, but he did have his standards. No instant, only cook and serve.
Well, slowly I’ve nixed even that option as it’s not too tough to whip up a batch of pudding from scratch. The biggest dilemma was what kind of pudding to make. We quickly settled on white chocolate—one of the few flavors all 3 of us can agree upon!
- It’s a delicious change of pace from chocolate pudding.
- Homemade pudding is SO much more delicious than pudding made from a box or premade pudding in the refrigerator section of the grocery store.
- White chocolate pudding is the perfect way to showcase fresh spring and summer berries. It’s perfect for Easter, Mother’s Day or just a Sunday dinner when the whole family can gather.
How to Make Pudding from Scratch
The silky smooth texture and heavenly flavor of this homemade pudding will certainly please your toughest critics. A little slosh of Frangelico, a hazelnut liqueur, is one of my favorite ways to enhance a white chocolate dessert. Here are a few details about how to make pudding.
- Start by whisking together the dry ingredients in a large, heavy saucepan. This will help evenly distribute the thickening agent, the cornstarch, and the salt, with the sugar.
- Melt the white chocolate and give it a few minutes to cool. I like to melt the chocolate gently in the microwave. Start with 30 seconds, give it a stir, then use 15-second intervals, stopping to stir, until the chocolate is smooth. Set aside.
- Separate your eggs, reserving the egg whites for macarons, pavlova, or egg white cookies AKA meringues. 3 yolks are needed for this recipe.
- Whisk in the half and half first, then the yolks, and finally the milk. When that’s combined, add the white chocolate which will clump a bit as it hits the cool liquid. That’s to be expected.
- Bring the mixture to a boil, whisking constantly. You want to keep the liquid moving to minimize the heat at the bottom of the pan from scrambling the eggs. When the mixture finally thickens, reduce the heat and continue stirring, letting the pudding thicken a bit more.
- Pass the pudding through a sieve to remove any tiny lumps. This will make your pudding extra luscious. Then stir in the flavorings and butter.
- PRO-Tip: I like to place the sieve over a 4 cup liquid measuring cup with a spout. This gives you the ability to pour the warm pudding into serving dishes.
- This can be served warm or chilled (our preference). PRO-Tip: Before chilling cover the surface with plastic wrap to prevent a skin from developing on the surface of the pudding.
What is White Chocolate?
Technically, white chocolate isn’t true chocolate since it doesn’t contain any chocolate solids. It does contain sugar, cocoa butter, milk products, vanilla, and lecithin, which is a fatty substance, according to Bon Appetit.
How do you melt White Chocolate?
White chocolate is the softest of the “chocolates,” and doesn’t take long to melt. There are two main ways to melt white chocolate, in the microwave or by using a double boiler. Start by chopping your white chocolate into small pieces.
To melt in a microwave, use 50% power to prevent scorching. Start with 30 seconds, then stir with a wooden spoon or rubber spatula. Repeat until there are just a few pieces of unmelted chocolate left in the bowl. The residual heat will finish melting those bits.
To melt in a double boiler*, fill the bottom pan with about an inch of water and bring to a simmer. Place the chocolate in the top part of the double boiler or use a heatproof bowl to nestle in the pan without having the bottom of the bowl touch the water. Stir the white chocolate as it starts to melt, and continue to stir occasionally until there are only a few tiny unmelted bits remaining. Turn off the burner and let the residual heat finish melting the white chocolate.
*Note: A double boiler is a set of pans where one nestles into the other. The bottom pan holds simmering water which gently heats the contents in the pan that’s inserted above it. Alternatively, you can rig your own using a heatproof bowl over a pan of simmering water. Just find a bowl that will sit securely in the pan without touching the water.
More White Chocolate Recipes You’ll Love:
- White Chocolate Cranberry Fudge from Mom in Timeout
- White Chocolate Frangelico Cheesecake
- Red Velvet White Chocolate Cookies
- Cranberry, White Chocolate, Crystallized Ginger Cookies
- White Chocolate Mousse
- Macadamia Nut Cookies with White Chocolate
This recipe was first shared in February 2015. Photos and text were updated in 2020.
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- ⅔ cup sugar
- Dash of salt
- 1 cup half and half (or cream)
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 cups whole milk
- 6 ounces white chocolate, melted and cooled slightly
- 1 tablespoon butter, at room temperature
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 teaspoons Frangelico liqueur (may double the vanilla and omit the Frangelico if desired)
- Whisk together cornstarch, sugar and salt in a large saucepan. Whisk in half and half, then the yolks, followed by the milk. Stir in chocolate (don't worry if it clumps a bit).
- Bring mixture to a boil, whisking constantly, till pudding thickens. Reduce heat and cook, stirring with a wooden spoon or spatula for a couple more minutes till pudding thickens even more (should reach 200º).
- Pass the pudding through a sieve into a medium bowl. Stir in butter, vanilla and Frangelico. May divide into individual bowls. Serve warm or chilled, but cover surface with plastic wrap before chilling.
Save your leftover egg whites and make some meringue cookies!
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Serving Size:1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 400Total Fat: 20gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 126mgSodium: 131mgCarbohydrates: 48gFiber: 0gSugar: 45gProtein: 7g