Tapioca Pudding Made Simple

Posted on February 27, 2013. Filed under: Food Made Simple | Tags: , , , |

Food manufacturers really miss the mark when they put complicated directions on packages.  Tapioca is a great example of this.  If you buy a package in the pudding section of the typical American supermarket you will find all kinds of complicated and time-consuming steps like soaking the tapioca and whipping egg whites, blah, blah, blah.  I don’t want to have to plan for making pudding a week in advance!!  A little experimentation has produced this great formula.  Feel free to do it!

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1/2 cup tapioca (small or large pearls), 2 1/2 cups milk, sweetener (I’m putting in 3 cones of raw sugar from the hispanic section in my store, but you could put in maple syrup, honey, regular sugar, whatever!  Experiment with the amount, start with less, you can add more later if it needs it.)  Throw this all into a small crockpot, set to low and let it go for 2 – 2 1/2 hours.  You can even open it and stir it now and then which is actually a good idea to keep the pearls from sticking to the bottom, but if not, don’t worry, just stir it up really well at the end.  Add a little vanilla at the end.  Customize with Cinnamon or Chinese 5 Spice Powder, or cocoa powder to make it chocolate.  The sky is the limit, but the basic recipe is very simple.

That’s it.  The hard part is not eating the whole batch at once!  I divide it up into 4 cups with lids and it goes into the refrigerator.  I can never decide whether I like it warm and a little runny or cold and gelled better.

I hope you give it a try!

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