Prep 10 mins
Cook 4 hrs
This recipe is from Stephanie of "A Year of Slow Cookin" fame. She used her crockpot everyday in 2008, eventually published a couple of cookbooks. This was a very delicious dessert. I made it in my 3 qt slow cooker. See Notes in recipe for comments. Cooking time does not include chilling.
- 2 quarts 1% low-fat milk
- 3⁄4-1 1⁄2 cup sugar
- 1 cup small pearl tapioca, not instant
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
- Use a 4 qt slow cooker. Combine the milk, sugar and tapioca in the insert. Stir well to mix.
- Cover and cook on High for two to three hours. It will still be soupy at this point.
- In a medium or large mixing bowl, whisk together the eggs, almond extract, and cocoa powder.
- Remove 1/2 cup of the hot tapioca/milk mix from the crockpot, and stir into the eggs, whisking all the time. A standard ladle is 1/2 cup. Add another 1/2 cup of the hot mix, whisk thoroughly, and then another 1/2 cup. This tempers the eggs, so that they don't turn into scrambled eggs.
- Pour the egg mixture into the slow cooker and stir very thoroughly to combine.
- Cover and cook on High for 30 minutes to one hour, or until the tapioca has begun to swell and thicken.
- Turn off the slow cooker, remove the lid and let this stand an hour to thicken further. Remove to a large bowl, cover with plastic pushing the plastic against the tapioca (to prevent a skin from forming), and chill.
- Note1: I used seed tapioca, about the size of sesame seeds. I will try this using a couple of tablespoons less, to get a slightly looser consistency, although it was just fine the way it was.
- Note2: I used 2% milk, as that was what I had. I also used only 3/4 cup sugar - the original recipe calls for 1 1/2 cups, and that would have been much too sweet for me. I might double the amount of cocoa powder next time.
I followed this method for making a pot of tapioca for my husband. I omitted the chocolate and used vanilla flavoring rather than almond. (My husband said, "I'm a traditionalist, leave it alone.") The texture of it was just what he was looking for and I loved not having to stand at the stove and stir. Thanks!
Really enjoyed this. I used only 3/4 cup of sugar and that seemed to work out well. I think more would lessened the flavor. The chocolate/almond flavor worked out very nicely too. All of enjoyed . Great for the slow cooker. Made for Rookie Tag.
Very nice tasting pudding, this! I have a definite sweet tooth so used the full complement of sugar & had not problem with the pudding thickening properly! I do enjoy tapioca puddings & really liked the almond & chocolate combo! [Made & reviewed in Newest Zaar]