Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Tapioca Pearl Pudding

A rich and creamy pudding.   In reading over the recipe it stated that the concentrated dairy flavor from milk powder, adds richness without fat.   You would think you were eating a rich custard instead of Tapioca.

This recipe uses small pearl tapioca not the instant or quick-cooking tapioca.  You have  to let the tapioca hydrate for 30 minutes in a mixture of cream, milk, salt, and milk powder.  After the tapioca has hydrated, you add some sugar and cook the mixture for about 10-12 minutes.  The mixture will be slightly thickened.  As you chill the pudding it will thicken up.  Serve with some grated nutmeg.  Delicious and so easy.

Tapioca Pearl Pudding
From Bon Appetit

2 cups whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1 tablespoon nonfat dry milk powder
1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
1/3 cup small pearl tapioca (not instant or quick-cooking)
1/3 cup sugar
1 large egg yolk, beaten to blend
Freshly grated nutmeg (for serving)

1. Whisk milk, cream, milk powder, and salt in a medium saucepan; add tapioca and let sit 30 minutes to hydrate.
2. Add sugar to tapioca mixture and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring often, until the consistency of a thick soup, 10-12 minutes.
3. Whisk in egg yolk and cook, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes (it will thicken slightly).  Let cool, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.
4. Divide among small glasses.  Chill pudding until cold (it will thicken), at least 2 hours.  Serve topped with nutmeg.

Serves 6


  1. I love a classic tapioca pudding. I cheat, though, and use quick tapioca. I don't know that I have the foresight to remember to soak the regular kind!

  2. Delicious, classic, and oh so comforting.

  3. Love classic pudding like this! Looks delicious! I should give your recipe a try!

  4. It has been years since I had tapioca in any form Geraldine. I must change that immediately!

    Thank you so much for sharing...

  5. It looks good and reminds me of my brother. He made tapioca at least once a week when we were growing up and then dumped a can of peaches onto it. I did not share his love of it, but it always reminds me of him. It's a comfort food for sure!