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Mother's Day Recipe: Tapioca Pudding
Enjoy this Brazilian dessert made of milled tapioca that has been cooked with sugar and milk. Happy Mother's Day!
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Ingredients

½ cup pearl tapioca (large pearls preferred)
¼ teaspoon salt
2 eggs – separated
2½ cups milk  (we used 1%)
½ cup sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Condensed milk (for drizzling)
1 cup, shredded coconut (optional)
Pecans, chopped (optional)
Cinnamon powder (optional)

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Step 1

Soak tapioca overnight in 2 cups of room temperature water. Drain, if necessary.

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Step 2

In double boiler, heat milk just until warm. (we used a heat proof glass bowl over a medium-sized pot.)

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Step 3

Add vanilla extract, salt and tapioca. Continue cooking over medium heat for about 10 minutes.

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Step 4

Cover, turn heat down low and cook for one hour. It should not simmer. And add more water to the pot if necessary.  

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Step 5

After an hour, most of the milk will have been absorbed by the tapioca pearls. At this time, beat egg yolks and sugar together until yellow and smooth.

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Step 6

Take about ¼ cup of the hot tapioca mixture and add to the egg yolks and sugar mix, and quickly blend thoroughly.  Add another ¼ cup and do the same.

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Step 7

Now take blended egg yolk and tapioca mixture and to the tapioca mixture, stirring quickly and constantly. (It’s important to do the process in this manner to avoid clumping).

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Step 8

Then transfer to the cooking pot (emptying the water first of course!) and continue cooking over medium heat for another 10-15 minutes and stirring constantly. Mixture will continue to expand.

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Step 9

To add fluffiness, beat egg whites until stiff.  Fold tapioca into egg whites. Then divide into serving bowls.

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Step 10

Top with coconut, cinnamon powder and chopped pecans. Drizzle condensed milk right before serving. Can be served warm or cold. We prefer cold.

Mother's Day Recipe: Tapioca Pudding

Enjoy this Brazilian dessert made of milled tapioca that has been cooked with sugar and milk. Happy Mother's Day!

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