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Strawberry Pudding

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Prep Time: 10 mins    Cook Time: 0 mins

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Fresh strawberries are combined with just five other ingredients to make this delicious strawberry pudding. It's rich, creamy and one of the best ways to use up fresh strawberries. If you love custardy desserts, then I just know this easy recipe will delight the home cook in you!

A bowl of homemade strawberry pudding topped with whipped cream.
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It's your choice whether to make this in a large glass bowl or, if you have 6 matching glass dessert bowls, you can make individual portions. Jazz up the strawberry pudding with anything from slivered almonds to melted white chocolate or even mix a little of your favorite liqueur into the whipped cream topping for a slightly boozy take on this delicious dessert (obviously for the grownups only!)

Not only is this strawberry pudding tweakable, but it's also super-easy to make. Why buy readymade puddings from the store when it's this easy to make your own? You will first make the creamy pudding layer, then prepare the whipped topping and finally decorate the strawberry pudding with sliced strawberries. The dessert will be fine in the refrigerator until it's time to serve.

Rich and creamy coconut pudding and this banana coconut milk pudding are two other favorites of mine. They are always a big hit especially during the summer months if you looking for other options.

Main Ingredients

The recipe ingredients used to make strawberry pudding spread out on a table.

You only need 5 ingredients along with the strawberries to prepare this easy summer dessert recipe. Here are some of the key ingredients that will go into it:

  • Strawberries: For sweetness. The sweet, juicy, unmistakable flavor of strawberries is perfect for this light, summery dessert. Since they are going to decorate the pudding, make sure you choose perfectly fresh, bright red berries. Don't use frozen strawberries because they will be mushy and look messy.
  • Milk: Adds creaminess. You will need regular milk as well as sweetened condensed milk to make strawberry pudding. Use whole or 2% milk or even non-dairy milk. There isn't really an alternative to the condensed milk though. If you're looking for a vegan dessert, perhaps try this dairy-free carrot cake instead.
  • Strawberry jello: For flavor and to set the pudding. Use either regular jello powder or the sugar-free kind, as you prefer. You could even use another flavor of jello altogether. I bet lemon jello would be really good paired with the fresh strawberry topping.
  • Heavy cream: Gives a rich, luxurious flavor. Sweetened with sugar, the cream makes a light, fluffy, sweet topping for the pudding. You might want to adjust the amount of sugar for a less or more sweet result, or even add a few drops of vanilla extract to the mixture for a hint of vanilla which would complement the taste of the strawberries beautifully.

Instructions Overview

The first step in this strawberry pudding recipe is to warm the milk in a pan on the stove, then stir in the jello powder until it dissolves.

Stir in the condensed milk and transfer the mixture into a glass bowl. Once it's cooled down, put it in the refrigerator to finish setting.

Whisk the cream with the sugar until it's fluffy and then spread this on top of the set jello pudding. Arrange fresh sliced strawberries on top and serve.

Fresh strawberry slices and whipped cream on top of strawberry pudding.

Common Questions

What is the difference between pudding and custard?

Sweetened milk or cream is almost always used in both desserts, but eggs are only used in custard, not in pudding recipes. The jello powder thickens the dessert up perfectly, so eggs aren't required at all.

How long is refrigerated pudding good for?

Strawberry pudding should be fine for 4 to 5 days. Keep it covered and refrigerated. If you aren't going to use it immediately, you might prefer to prepare the pudding ahead and then make the cream and decorate with strawberry slices just before serving, just so it looks and tastes super-fresh.

How do you make pudding thicker?

A higher ratio of liquid to jello powder will give a looser result while using a little less liquid will give a firmer, thicker result. Personally, I find the consistency just right with the ingredient amounts listed.

An overhead shot of a bowl of strawberry pudding and strawberries in the background.

Chopnotch Tips

  • You can adapt this pudding recipe if you want another flavor. For example, swap the strawberry jello for orange jello and the fresh strawberries for mandarin segments for an orange version.
  • Make this well ahead so it has time to set before you serve it. A few hours should be enough. If you're making it more than a few hours ahead, seal the top with plastic wrap; you don't want your sliced strawberries to dry out.
  • There is already plenty of strawberry appeal in this dessert, but you can still drizzle some strawberry sauce on top before serving for even more! Alternatively, some melted white chocolate on top would also be good.
Two servings of pudding with fresh strawberries.

You are going to love how simple this strawberry pudding is to prepare. It's a layered fruit dessert that is great for any occasion.

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Recipe

How to Make

Strawberry Pudding

Creamy, sweet, and rich, this easy-to-make pudding is perfect for dessert on a warm spring or summer evening.
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Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 0 mins
Chilling Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 30 mins
Servings: 8 bowls

Ingredients

  • cups milk
  • 7 ounces strawberry jello
  • 14 ounces sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 16 ounces strawberries, fresh and sliced
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Instructions

  • Pour the milk into a saucepan over medium heat and warm. Mix in the jello and stir until fully dissolved. Then mix in the condensed milk until the mixture is fully incorporated.
  • Pour the mixture into a large glass serving bowl to let it cool, and then transfer it to the refrigerator until the pudding solidifies.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the cream and sugar until light and fluffy. Spread this over the pudding and the top with freshly sliced strawberries. Serve and enjoy!
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Notes

  • You can adapt this pudding recipe if you want another flavor. For example, swap the strawberry jello for orange jello and the fresh strawberries for mandarin segments for an orange version.
  • Make this well ahead so it has time to set before you serve it. A few hours should be enough. If you're making it more than a few hours ahead, seal the top with plastic wrap; you don't want your sliced strawberries to dry out.
  • There is already plenty of strawberry appeal in this dessert, but you can still drizzle some strawberry sauce on top before serving for even more! Alternatively, some melted white chocolate on top would also be good.

Nutrition Facts

Calories: 468kcal (23%), Carbohydrates: 65g (22%), Protein: 11g (22%), Fat: 19g (29%), Saturated Fat: 12g (75%), Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g, Monounsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 66mg (22%), Sodium: 237mg (10%), Potassium: 495mg (14%), Fiber: 1g (4%), Sugar: 63g (70%), Vitamin A: 787IU (16%), Vitamin C: 35mg (42%), Calcium: 330mg (33%), Iron: 1mg (6%)
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