This vanilla pudding is a standard in Greek homes. Suitable for babies, cornstarch puddings (krema vanilia — in Greek: κρέμα βανίλια, pronounced: KREH-mah vah-NEEL-yah) are also favorites with children of all ages and, with the addition of fruit, can be adapted to many uses from breakfast to snack to dessert.
- Place 1 to 4 dessert bowls in the refrigerator to chill.
- Warm one cup of milk (lukewarm), add sugar and corn starch and stir to dissolve.
- In a saucepan over medium heat, combine remaining milk, vanilla extract, orange peel, and whisk to combine. As soon as steam begins to rise, add the milk/sugar/corn starch mixture, continuing to whisk continuously.
- When it starts to thicken, remove from heat.
- Spoon into chilled bowls, allow to cool, and serve, or place in refrigerator and chill until ready to serve.
Serving suggestions: This is a very versatile basic pudding. Add pureéed fruit immediately upon removing from heat to create a fruit pudding. It can be mixed with cereals, or topped with fruit and whipped cream for a fancier look, and your own creativity will result in even more variations.