RECIPE ADAPTED FROM SMITTEN KITCHEN
WILL MAKE 6 half-cup servings
2 2/3c. whole milk, divided
1/4 tsp. salt
Seeds from 1/2 vanilla bean (or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract)
Bring 2 cups of the milk to a boil in a medium saucepan. Meanwhile, combine sugar, cornstarch, salt and vanilla bean seeds in the bottom of a medium, heatproof bowl. Gradually whisk in the remaining 2/3 cup whole milk, a little at a time so lumps do not form, then whisk in the egg. Once milk is boiling, very slowly add it to the cornstarch mixture in the bowl, whisking the whole time.
Return the mixture back to the pan. Stir constantly. Once it simmers, cook for one minute longer (which will cook the cornstarch and egg fully). (Stir in vanilla if you’re using it) Divide pudding among 6 dishes. Chill in refrigerator until fully set, about 2 hours. Place plastic on the pudding to prevent the pudding skin. Serve with a huge dollop of whipped cream!