Peach Tapioca Pudding

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READY IN: 24hrs 20mins
SERVES: 8
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • For the tapioca
  • 12
    cup small-pearl tapioca
  • 1
    pinch salt
  • 12
    cup sugar
  • 1
    large egg, lightly eaten
  • 1
    teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 14
    teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • For the filling
  • 1 12
    lbs peaches, peeled, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch chunks
  • 14
    cup sugar (to taste)
  • 14
    cup plus 2 tbsp water
  • 1
    tablespoon cornstarch
  • 12
    teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12
    teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • sliced almonds, for garnish (optional)
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DIRECTIONS

  • For the tapioca:
  • Place the tapioca pearls in a container large enough to accommodate the soaking water as well; add enough water to cover the tapioca by about 3 inches. Refrigerate and soak overnight.
  • Drain the tapioca, discarding the water.
  • Whisk the tapioca together with the milk, salt, sugar and egg in a large saucepan. Place the pot over medium heat and cook for about 15 minutes, whisking constantly, to form a thickened pudding. Remove the pan from the heat and let sit for 15 minutes. Stir in the vanilla and almond extracts.
  • Transfer to a large bowl; cover and refrigerate for about 2 hours, until fully set and chilled.
  • For the filling:
  • Combine the peaches, sugar and 1/4 cup of the water in a large saucepan over medium heat. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring, until the fruit has softened to your liking.
  • Mix together the remaining 2 Tbsp of water and the cornstarch, stirring until the cornstarch has dissolved. Add to the fruit and cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla and almond extracts. Taste, and add sugar as needed. Refrigerate until well chilled.
  • To serve:
  • Line up small dessert cups or bowls. Distribute half of the tapioca pudding evenly among the bowls, then use about half of the peach filling to create a second layer in each of the portions. Use the remaining tapioca for a third layer, then top with the filling. Garnish with sliced almonds and serve immediately.
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