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Old Fashioned Tapioca Pudding

Old Fashioned Tapioca Pudding

  • 1/3 cup Small Pearl Tapioca
  • 3/4 cup Water
  • 2-1/4 cups Milk (2% milk)
  • 1/4 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1/2 cup Sugar divided
  • 2 Eggs separated
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract


Step 1

Soak tapioca in water for 30 minutes in a 1-1/2 quart saucepan. Do not drain remaining water, if any.

Step 2

Add milk, salt, 1/4 cup sugar and lightly beaten egg yolks to tapioca and stir over medium heat until boiling. Simmer uncovered over very low heat for 10-15 minutes. Stir often.

Step 3

Beat egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form. Fold about 3/4 cup of hot tapioca into the egg whites, then gently fold mixture back into saucepan. Stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Cool 15 minutes then add vanilla.

Step 4

Serve warm or chilled, plain or with fruits, nutmeg or coconut mixed in. Makes 3-1/2 cups (4 servings).

* Customer Windy Walker recommends replacing up to 2/3 of the milk with coconut milk. For a dairy-free option, use soy or almond milk for the remaining 1/3 of milk.

Customer Judith Lorraine adds mandarin oranges, flaked coconut and drained, crushed pineapple - delicious!!
Old Fashioned Tapioca Pudding



Products Used in this Recipe

Small Pearl Tapioca

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Baking Aids
Sea Salt

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Karen July 15, 2012
This is the best tapioca recipe I've had. If you like a thicker pudding add more pearls. Also, it is easier to get the egg white to the right consistency if you whip it a little before adding the sugar.
Mary-Ann August 27, 2012
The best I have tried!!!! This recipe is very light and easy to make.
Robyn September 17, 2012
This was the most delicious tapioca I have ever had! It was pretty easy and didn\'t take as long as it said in the end. Definitely need a mixer of some kind.
Sue November 11, 2012
Excellent, very creamy and sweet!
Steph January 14, 2013
We were amazed at how good this was. Fluffy and light tapioca pudding! I used whole milk, but still -- this was great!
teri April 4, 2014
This recipe makes me remember how my mom used to make tapioca when we were kids. This is a delicious recipe, perfect as it is! Warning: addictive!
Megan May 7, 2014
Turned out wonderfully! I replaced the milk with coconut and almond milk. About 1 3/4 cups of almond, the rest coconut.
Valentina Burbank May 28, 2014
Made this for my mom. Her favorite dessert is Tapioca pudding. She said this was the best pudding she ever tasted. It is light and creamy. It helps if you soak the tapioca overnight, but it comes together nicely even without that step.
Lace June 4, 2014
Seriously the very best tapioca I've ever had. The ONLY thing I'll change next time is to add more vanilla... perhaps 1 or 1 1/2 tsp.
Joe smith June 28, 2014
Best stuff my kids love it
BunnieGirl July 30, 2014
Bob...Brilliant idea soaking the pearls first! I make this recipe with full measure of whole coconut milk (canned) & honey (1/3+ cup). Also, add the eggs whole before the heat rises. The FINEST creamiest tapioca ever! And using eggs whole...quite easy breezy. Thanks BOB! You rock!
Kim July 30, 2014
Small pearls and the whipped egg whites make a light and fluffy pudding. Love the richness from the yolks.

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