Old Fashioned Tapioca Pudding

We serve our tapioca pudding cold topped with a little fresh whipped cream. I found the tapioca pearls in the bulk section of my health foods store. Note that the tapioca pearls must soak overnight before you can prepare the pudding.

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1/2 cup pearl tapioca
1 1/2 cups milk
1 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 fresh vanilla bean
1/2 cup sugar
1 pinch salt
2 eggs yolks


Soak the pearls in water overnight, covered well with water. Drain the water off.

Heat the milk, cream, vanilla bean (split and scraped), and tapioca to a slow simmer in a heavy pot and cook for 1 hour, stirring often.

Add the sugar and salt. Bring to a simmer being careful not to let the tapioca stick to the bottom of the pan.

Put the yolks into a bowl and stir in some of the tapioca mixture to temper the eggs.

Then add yolks to the pan while stirring. Pour into a bowl and cool.

You can it it warm (as I hear it is often served in the colder months) We like ours after it has chilled several hours in the fridge at any time of year.

Source: food.com

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