Homemade Lemon Pudding Recipe with Fresh Lemons

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Pudding is always a much loved dessert recipe in my house.  I often make my own homemade pudding from scratch to avoid artificial ingredients.  Making pudding is seriously easy and takes only a few minutes, other than time to chill.  This homemade lemon pudding recipe uses fresh lemons and whole milk.  Simple ingredients make this homemade pudding quick, easy, and delicious!  

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Easy Homemade Lemon Pudding Recipe using Fresh Lemons and other Real Ingredients

Tips for Making Homemade Lemon Pudding

To make this lemon pudding, you have to really pay attention.  You will have to stir constantly so don’t walk away! Prepare all of your ingredients ahead of time.  That means separate your eggs, juice and zest your lemons, and pour and measure ingredients.  Once you turn on the heat, do not leave this pudding unattended!  A few things you might need before you get started:

fresh lemons

Choosing the Best Lemons

You could certainly try making this pudding recipe with a bottle of lemon juice but I really don’t recommend it.  This lemon pudding gets a boost of flavor from lemon zest.  If you don’t have fresh lemons, you could add natural lemon oil or lemon extract for additional flavor.  

More Lemon Recipes

To choose the best lemons for this homemade lemon pudding recipe, look for ones without blemishes.  You want firm lemons that feel heavy for their size and have no green areas, which indicates that they are over ripe.  Avoid very pale lemons since those are probably old and will contain less juice.  The best lemons for this homemade pudding have smooth, thick skin to provide lots of lemon zest. 

Homemade Lemon Pudding Recipe

Homemade Lemon Pudding Recipe

I highly recommend using whole milk or even half and half for this lemon pudding.  Yes, it is higher in fat, however, homemade pudding tastes SO much better with full fat milk products.  Top your homemade pudding with some real whipped cream and enjoy a little bite of heaven after your next meal!  It is so much better than boxed pudding mix! Looking for more classic dessert recipes made from scratch?  Check out my pound cake recipe!

Yield: 4 servings

Homemade Lemon Pudding Recipe with Fresh Lemons

Homemade Lemon Pudding Recipe with Fresh Lemons

This homemade lemon pudding recipe uses fresh lemons and whole milk.  Simple ingredients make this homemade pudding quick, easy, and delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup cornstarch
  • 2 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 3 tablespoons finely grated lemon zest
  • Pinch salt
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (2 to 3 large lemons)
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


  1. In a large sauce pan, combine sugar and corn starch. Whisk lightly to mix.
  2. Pour in milk and add beaten egg yolks.
  3. Add salt and lemon zest.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and coats the back of the wooden spoon easily.
  5. Remove from heat.
  6. Pour in lemon juice and add butter.
  7. Stir until well mixed and butter is melted.
  8. Push through wire strainer if desired to remove lumps
  9. Chill 2 hours and serve!

Nutrition Information:

Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1294Total Fat: 43gSaturated Fat: 27gCholesterol: 136mgSodium: 309mgCarbohydrates: 213gSugar: 179gProtein: 21g





  1. This recipe was easy to follow and tasted fantastic!

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