I posted this a while back, but it was buried in a multi-recipe post. It's good enough and easy enough it needs its own post. So here it is.
Pudding from scratch
1/3 c. sugar
2 T. cornstarch
1/8 t. salt
2 c. milk
2 t. vanilla
Mix sugar, cornstarch, and salt in a 2 qt saucepan. Stir in milk. Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens and boils. Boil and stir for 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Cool to room temperature, then refrigerate.
To keep it from forming a skin while it cools, take a large piece of plastic wrap and press it on top of the pudding inside the pan. Remove and discard the plastic when the pudding is cool. Whisk the pudding until smooth. Put in a tightly covered container and refrigerate until ready to use or serve.
Variation: Use 2 c. of canned coconut milk instead of regular milk. Dairy free and just as tasty!
Pair it with homemade graham crackers and berry sauce for a delicious dessert.