Updated: May 13, 2020
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2 Simple Japanese Pudding (Purin) Recipes You Need To Try At Home!

Would you like to try a super popular Japanese dessert recipe at home? Here are two simple recipes you can try: Japanese purin and the matcha version. Yummm

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Japanese Pudding (Purin) プリン

Puddings are a really popular dessert in Japan! Young and old alike really love it! There are different versions of the classic pudding recipe, but here we will present the no-bake version, also known as creme caramel. In Japan, it's simply called "purin."

It's super silky and smooth so once you try this purin version, you'll be hooked too. It will become your go-to dessert as it is so simple, yet delicious!
Classic Japanese Purin

What Is Japanese Pudding (Purin)?

Japanese pudding would be called custard pudding, flan or crème caramel in the West. It is eaten all over the world and it has originated from France or Spain. It is very similar to a crème brûlée except that the caramel is soft, rather than burnt. It is a plain custard cream with a caramel sauce on top.
It can be cooked in the oven or in a bain-marie.

Purin Recipe

The recipe is incredibly simple and you probably have the necessary ingredients at hand already. It's really easy and quick to make, the longest is to let it chill. Just let it cool for an hour or so in the fridge and you have a delicious home-made dessert at hand.

Here's how to make purin at home.


{Custard base}
-300 ml milk
-4 eggs
-40 g of sugar
-1/2 tsp of vanilla essence

-70g of sugar
-50g of water


{Caramel sauce}
1. Over medium heat, dissolve the sugar and water in a small saucepan.
2. Let it simmer for about 10 minutes. The sauce will start to thicken.
3. Turn off the heat and place the caramel sauce in 4 small ramekins

{Custard base}
1. Pour the sugar and milk in a jug, then microwave it for a minute.
2. Add the eggs and the vanilla and mix well. When you're done, strain the mixture.
3. Pour the mixture into the four molds.
4. Place the molds in a bain-marie with about 500 ml of water.
5. Bring it to a boil then turn the heat to low, put the lid on and leave it to simmer for 3 minutes.
6. Turn the heat off and leave it for 15 minutes.
7. Take the molds out and let them cool
8. Refrigerate the molds for about an hour.

Japanese Matcha Purin

Matcha Purin

Matcha Purin Recipe

This variation uses matcha of course, but also gelatin powder so you can try making two very different versions of this custard creme purin goodness.


-5g of gelatin
-2 tbsp of hot water
-1 solid tbsp of matcha (more for a stronger taste)
-300 ml of milk
-4 tbsp of sugar


1. In a small bowl, soak the gelatin in 2 tablespoons of water.
2. In a small pan, pour the milk and sugar over medium heat until the sugar is dissolved and
the milk is almost boiling.
3. Lower the heat, stir in the matcha. Add in the gelatin and mix until everything is
4. Pour the mixture in ramekins and let it cool down.
5. Put the moulds in the fridge for about an hour.
6. Enjoy your amazing matcha purin concoction!


Voila! You've got two variations of delicious Japanese pudding! What did you think of these two Japanese dessert recipes?
Let us know on facebook how your purin turned out!
Lili Wanderlust
I love travelling and discovering new cuisines. Japan has a panoply of local dishes to try. I also love yoga, coffee, reading, and cycling.

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