Creamy Vanilla Pudding: A Polish Sweet Indulgence


Indulge in the velvety smoothness of this classic Budyń Waniliowy, a creamy vanilla pudding that's a beloved Polish treat. With its rich, aromatic flavor and silky texture, this dessert is sure to become a staple in your household, offering a comforting and delightful indulgence.

Creamy Vanilla Pudding: A Polish Sweet Indulgence

Preparation Details

  • Preparation Time: 10 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 15 minutes
  • Chilling Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 1/2 cup

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories: 240
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Cholesterol: 100mg
  • Sodium: 100mg
  • Total Carbohydrates: 36g
  • Dietary Fiber: 0g
  • Total Sugars: 24g
  • Protein: 6g


  • 2 cups (480ml) whole milk
  • 1/2 cup (100g) granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup (30g) cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. In a medium saucepan, whisk together the milk, granulated sugar, cornstarch, and salt. Heat the mixture over medium heat, stirring constantly, until it begins to simmer and thicken.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk the egg yolks until smooth.
  3. Slowly pour about 1/2 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks while whisking constantly. This will temper the egg yolks and prevent them from scrambling.
  4. Pour the egg yolk mixture back into the saucepan with the remaining milk mixture, whisking continuously.
  5. Continue cooking over medium heat, whisking constantly, until the pudding thickens to your desired consistency, about 2-3 minutes.
  6. Remove the pudding from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract and unsalted butter until fully incorporated and smooth.
  7. Pour the pudding into individual serving dishes or ramekins.
  8. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming.
  9. Refrigerate the pudding for at least 2 hours, or until completely chilled and set.
  10. Remove the plastic wrap before serving, and enjoy the creamy Budyń Waniliowy chilled.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Use high-quality vanilla extract for the best flavor.
  • For a richer pudding, substitute half of the milk with heavy cream.
  • Garnish with fresh berries, whipped cream, or a sprinkle of cinnamon for extra indulgence.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: Can I use skim or low-fat milk instead of whole milk?

A: While you can use lower-fat milk, the pudding may not be as rich and creamy in texture.

Q: Can I substitute the cornstarch with another thickener?

A: You can use flour or arrowroot powder as a substitute for cornstarch, but the texture may vary slightly.

Q: How long does this vanilla pudding keep in the refrigerator?

A: Properly stored in an airtight container, the pudding will keep for up to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Indulge in the velvety smoothness of this classic Budyń Waniliowy, a creamy vanilla pudding that's a beloved Polish treat. Each spoonful is a delightful indulgence, offering a rich, aromatic flavor and silky texture that will transport you to a world of sweet comfort and nostalgia.