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Dec 10, 2013 06:10 AM

What to do with a box of “cooked” vanilla pudding

I accidentally bought vanilla “cooked” pudding (the kind that comes in a little box) instead of the “instant” for a recipe I was asked to make. I always bake from scratch so I really had no idea what I was looking for! Did a bit of research and I read there are subtle differences between the cooked and instant and therefore I should avoid substituting the cooked for the instant in this bundt cake. Now I have a box of this “cooked” pudding that I do not know what to do with. I am looking for ideas other than just eating the plain pudding. Thanks!

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  1. Southern banana pudding is basically layers of Nilla wafers, bananas, vanilla pudding, and whipped cream.

    1. Icebox cake--graham crackers on the bottom, then a layer of cooked vanilla pudding, another layer of grahams over that, then a cook a box of chocolate pudding on top and top with graham cracker crumbs. Important (HA HA) to put the vanilla layer on the bottom because the chocolate pudding is a nicer contrast with the crumbs on the top layer. ;)

      1. a friend is known for her crazy good dessert that she always makes (and brings) for Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving. hubby and I were both shocked to learn the 2 easy ingredients. cream puffs devoid of anything and vanilla pudding. we think she orders cream puffs from a bakery and pumps a squirt of vanilla pudding inside

        hope that helps

        1. Follow the directions on the box, cook it and eat. :)

          1. Cooked pudding has cornstarch in it for thickeners, which is why you need to heat it up. I think it will be ok for baking. A lot of people substitute a mix of AP flour+cornstarch for cake flour.

            Instant pudding has modified starch in it which doesn't require heat to activate.