Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 0 mins
My husband and his parents love tapioca. Every time they visit I make a batch. Large pearl tapioca can be hard to find in a grocery store (it's one of those time consuming things to cook) but I find them in Asian grocery stores.
- 3 1⁄2 ounces large pearl tapioca or 1 cup large pearl tapioca
- 5 cups milk
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 2 large eggs, separated
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- Bring milk to a boil in a double boiler over simmering water.
- Add salt and tapioca to milk.
- Stirring constantly, cook tapioca in double boiler for 1 hour or until tapioca is clear and milk is thickened.
- Beat egg whites with 1/2 cup sugar until firm peaks, set aside.
- Beat yolks with remaining 1/2 cup sugar.
- Temper yolks with some of the hot custard.
- Stir tempered yolks into hot custard, cook over double boiler an additional 15 minutes.
- Stir in vanilla.
- Remove from heat and gently fold in egg whites.
- Pour tapioca into a serving bowl, cover and chill.
I love tapioca, but usually use instant in order to avoid the soaking time. When I want it, I want it now! This is a great recipe that requires no soaking.<br/><br/>If you use a double boiler, why would you need to stir constantly? I just put it in a pot and stirred frequently and it was dandy with just the right tapioca lumpiness. Tapioca is not a gourmet dish! I'm making this again today with 1/2 the sugar. It's way too sweet as is, and if I need it sweeter when I eat it, I'll add a dollop of blackberry jam. Yummy.
Tweak I'd like to try - Coconut milk or coconut cream or coconut oil. Tweak I have tried - Half volume of Agave is good, don't need sugar. Some raw or brown sugar is wonderful in place of some of the white sugar if you're using that. To make cheap brown sugar, add one or two drops of molasses to a tbsp of white sugar - tastes great and doesn't get hard in storage! (Or add 1 tsp per cup.)
I'd like to use this recipe, but fear I don't have the patience, or a large enough double boiler, to stand at the stove for an hour (an hour!) stirring a pudding. Can this be made in a slow cooker, perhaps?