Grape-Nut pudding in New England is on the menu in many restaurants!

You will either be served the pudding with the Grape-Nuts cereal and custard as two separate layers or all mixed together.

My preference is the way my Dad made it, the layered version.

There were a several special dishes my Dad loved to make himself and this recipe was one of them.  

As it bakes, it magically forms into two layers!

If you are a custard fan like my Dad was, and I am, try this popular New England comfort food dessert!  

See some pictures of how to make it in the slideshow below. 


Grape-Nut Custard Layered Pudding My Dad’s Way ~ New England Style
New Englanders love their Grape-Nut Pudding! There are two ways, mixed or layered. My preference is this layered way. The Grape-Nuts cereal and the custard magically separate into two separate layers. If you never had Grape-Nut Pudding, try this!
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Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time1 hr
Course: Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12
Calories: 152


  • 2 quart casserole dish
  • Water Bath Pan


  • 6 cups milk
  • 1⅓ cups Grape-Nuts cereal
  • 6 eggs
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon or nutmeg


  • Preheat the oven to 350°.
  • In a large pan over medium heat, scald the milk.
  • Stir in the grapenuts cereal, then remove from the heat and let it cool slightly. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, beat by hand the eggs, salt, vanilla extract, and sugar and pour it into the milk mixture.
  • Stir to blend everything together then pour this into a two-quart casserole dish.
  • Sprinkle the cinnamon, or nutmeg over the top.
  • Place the casserole dish into a water bath. (Put the casserole dish into another larger pan filled with hot water one-quarter of the way up.)
  • Bake at 350° for 60 minutes.
  • Remove the pudding casserole dish from the water bath and let cool on a wire rack. When it is cooled, cover it and put it into the refrigerator for a few hours to chill before serving.
  • Serve the cold, with or without whipped cream.
  • Store it covered in the refrigerator.
Sodium: 149mg | Calcium: 152mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 374IU | Sugar: 15g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 206mg | Cholesterol: 94mg | Calories: 152kcal | Trans Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Fat: 6g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 17g | Iron: 2mg


  1. Angie August 3, 2017 at 8:53 pm

    So glad you liked it, Jessica! Not many people even know this pudding!

  2. Jessica August 3, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    This was great. I did stir the contents at 20 minutes and 35 minutes so that the great pets would be dispersed throughout the custard more evenly. I also served it before it totally cool. It was delicious warm with some whip cream.


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