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Homemade Tapioca Pudding


Did you know that July 15 is National Tapioca Pudding Day? I didn't either, but when I learned about it the first thing I thought of was how good some homemade, traditional tapioca pudding would be. So I thought I'd share a recipe with you. Tapioca pudding does take some time and attention, but it's oh so worth it! Eat it warm on a cooler day, or chill it for a nice treat on a hot day.
What you need:
  • 1/2 cup small pearl tapioca (not instant)
  • 3 cups whole milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
How to make it:
  1. Combine tapioca, milk, and salt in 1 1/2 quart pan on medium high heat. Stir while bringing to a bare simmer. Lower the heat and cook uncovered, at the lowest possible heat, adding sugar gradually, until the tapioca pearls have plumped up and thickened. Some types of tapioca need to be presoaked, so depending on the type or brand of tapioca you are using, this could take anywhere from 5 minutes to 45 minutes of cooking at a very low temperature. Stir occasionally so that the tapioca doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  2. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. Mix in some of the hot tapioca very slowly to equalize the temperature of the two mixtures (to avoid curdling).
  3. Return eggs to pan with tapioca. Increase the heat to medium and stir for several minutes until you get a thick pudding consistency. Do not let the mixture boil or the tapioca egg custard will curdle. Cool 15 minutes. Stir in vanilla. Serve either warm or chilled.

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