Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Tapioca Pudding

This weeks recipe is the most amazing tapioca pudding. It is rich, creamy and absolutely delicious.

You start out by placing 1/2 c. small pearl tapioca in 2 c. water. You can find small pearl tapioca in the pudding isle, next to the instant tapioca.

Note: You can use large or small pearl tapioca with the remainder of the recipe staying the same.

Let it sit overnight and this is what it will look like.

Beat together 2 eggs in a small bowl. Set aside.

Combine tapioca, milk and salt in a pot. Stir until boiling. Gradually add sugar and simmer 5 minutes.

Now it's time to temper the eggs. Gradually add about 2 cups of the boiling mixture into the eggs while whisking.  This process helps prevent the eggs from cooking instantly and making your pudding stringy. 

Now gradually pour that mixture back into the pot while whisking.  

Now bring it back to a boil and simmer until thick. Cool 15 minutes then add vanilla.  

Enjoy it warm...

or chilled.

I cannot tell you how good this is. If you like tapioca pudding you HAVE to try it.  You won't be sorry.

Tapioca Pudding

Tapioca Pudding

Servings: 6
Author: Rachel Nielsen
Cook time: 25 HourTotal time: 25 Hour
Rich, creamy and delicious tapioca pudding.


  • 1/2 c. large pearl tapioca (not instant)
  • 3 c. whole milk
  • 1/4 t. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 c. sugar
  • 1 t. vanilla


  1. Soak tapioca overnight in a bowl of water.
  2. Combine tapioca, milk and salt in a pot. Stir together until it comes to a boil.
  3. Simmer 5 minutes on low heat, adding sugar gradually. 
  4. Beat eggs in a separate bowl. 
  5. Mix some of the hot tapioca mixture into the eggs. 
  6. Pour the egg mixture back into the pan and bring to a boil, stirring constantly. 
  7. Simmer until thick. 
  8. Cool 15 minutes and stir in vanilla.
  9. Serve warm or chilled.


I've substituted 1% milk with great results.

Large pearl or small pearl tapioca can be used in this recipe.

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  1. I'm a total tapioca fan. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

  2. I love tapioca...thanks for the great recipe. Actually I have never made homemade...and I like the Jello kind....I can hardly wait. I'm a new follower too. Please stop by and enter my Christmas giveaway. Warm wishes, Lori

  3. I love Tapioca, and will give this a try. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Oh, wow... Yummmmm.... Tapioca pudding is just about my favorite thing ever. I can't have it now as I am nursing my son who has a dairy allergy, but as soon as he's weaned I WANT THIS. (Who am I kidding, I want it now... but I have to wait. Sigh.) I hope Eli outgrows his allergy so he can enjoy some with me :-)

  5. I make tapioca for my hubby and we both love it. Lol the hardest part is the right consistency.:)
    Great recipe.

  6. Thanks...I'm saving this one for my man. He loves tapioca.

  7. I love tapioca, and have always wanted to try making it.

  8. this looks so yummy! definitely something i'd try! thanks for linking up to tip-toe thru tuesday! hope to see you again this week! also, i'm a new follower!

  9. Mmm, that looks good! I do like tapioca. Can you just make it for me? :) I'm so glad you shared at Shine On Fridays!!