Caramel Pudding (Gluten Free & Corn Free)

Caramel Pudding (Gluten Free & Corn Free)

This simple gluten free pudding is made with a base of caramel sauce, which is little more than cooked simple sugar with butter and cream. It’s not a mix of custard and pudding like my gluten free chocolate pudding, since there are no egg yolks here. Instead, it’s thickened only with my basic gluten free flour blend (xanthan gum-free) and that caramel sauce I keep talking about. It takes a bit longer to reduce and thicken, too, but still barely even 10 minutes from start to finish. And as the weather warms, once again we’re not gonna touch that oven of yours. [pinit]Pudding on a spoon

Oh, right. And it’s completely corn free – since it’s not thickened with cornstarch, and there’s no corn syrup in this caramel. Remember how excited you were about those corn-free gluten free homemade marshmallows? We’ve had some good times together this week, haven’t we?

2 jars of pudding on wooden surface

And don’t forget to make some extra caramel sauce, for lining the bottom of that pudding. How could you not?

Close up of caramel being made

The key is to make sure the simple syrup (mix of sugar and water) doesn’t burn, but turns, well, caramel in color (get it?).

Close up of flour and close up of pudding

There’s that basic gluten free flour blend. And when the pudding is ready, it will coat the back of a spoon fully. Like so.

3 jars of pudding on wooden surface

Those little flecks are vanilla bean paste, but vanilla extract works great, too. It just deepens the caramel flavor a bit. What are you waiting for? Perfect gluten free pudding is just minutes away!

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Prep time: Cook time: Yield: 8 servings


1/2 cup (4 fluid ounces) heavy cream

1/4 cup (35 g) Basic Gluten Free Flour Blend (Xanthan Gum Free) (scroll down on that link)

1 cup (200 g) sugar

1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar

1/4 cup (2 ounces) water

3 1/2 cups (28 fluid ounces) milk

4 tablespoons (56 g) unsalted butter, chopped

1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste (or pure vanilla extract)


  • In a small bowl or liquid measuring cup, place the cream and flour blend, whisk to combine well and then set it aside.

  • In a medium-sized, heavy-bottom saucepan, whisk together the sugar, cream of tartar and water until well-combined. Cook, undisturbed, over medium-high heat until the sugar begins to turn amber-colored around the edges of the pan (or reaches 240°F). Remove from the heat and immediately add the cream and flour blend mixture, plus the milk, whisking constantly. The mixture will bubble and the sugar mixture may seize, but don’t worry! The sugar will melt again. Stir it down, and return it to medium heat. Cook, whisking frequently, until the mixture is reduced by 1/4 and has thickened enough that the whisk leaves a visible trail in the pudding as you stir (about 8 minutes). Remove the pan from the heat and add the butter and vanilla. Stir until the butter is melted.

  • Pour the pudding into 8 small, heat-safe containers and allow to cool. Serve chilled or at room temperature. The pudding will thicken as it cools.

  • Serving Suggestion: Line the bottoms of the serving dishes with additional caramel sauce before pouring in the pudding. To make caramel, cook 1 cup of sugar and 1/8 teaspoon cream of tartar with 1/4 cup of water until beginning to turn amber, as directed in this recipe. Remove from the heat, stir to prevent burning, and quickly add 1/3 cup heavy cream and 2 tablespoons of unsalted butter. Stir until smooth. The caramel will thicken as it cools.



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  • Michelle
    June 1, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    This is so yummy! I have to confess that I used some pre-made caramel sauce I had in the bottom of the jars, but it really came out great. Thanks!

    • gfshoestring
      June 2, 2013 at 1:04 PM

      Hey, no guilt here, Michelle! Especially not for you, of all people! (But really not for anyone.) No shame in using homemade caramel. Now had you skipped the caramel in the bottom of the glass, I might have to shame you a little (except not you not really not ever).
      xoxo Nicole

  • john
    May 30, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    What size are the weck jars that you used? I always mean to buy some, but then find myself worried they will be the wrong size if I get them online.

  • Brenda C
    May 30, 2013 at 9:54 AM

    OMG – you’ve done it AGAIN! I wish there were Pulitzer Prizes for gluten free recipe mavens……..

    • gfshoestring
      May 31, 2013 at 12:35 PM

      Aw, shucks, Brenda. ;)
      xoxo Nicole

  • Melissa Klimo
    May 30, 2013 at 9:36 AM

    all the gluten free flour mixes that I have seen are corn based. Wondering what wheat and corn free flour can be used, Also, could I replace cream & milk for coconut cream & milk?

    • gfshoestring
      May 30, 2013 at 9:41 AM

      Hi, Melissa, Please follow the links in the recipe and in the blog post for my basic no xanthan gum gluten free flour blend. I haven’t tested this recipe with any substitutions, so you’ll have to experiment!

    • Hannah
      May 30, 2013 at 12:14 PM

      I have successfully made caramel with coconut cream, so I don’t see why not. IT will have a decidedly coconut flavor though.

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