Thursday, January 31, 2013

Dad's Favorite Fluffy Tapioca Pudding

My dad has always liked down-home desserts.  He's a fan of pies, cobblers...and tapioca pudding!  He was happiest when Mammam made tapioca pudding and brought up to our house (I like it, too, but her favorite pudding surprise for me was rice pudding!)  I thought of him when I came across this great old recipe for tapioca.  If you've never made it, tapioca can be found near the boxed puddings in the grocery store.  This pudding is good warm or cold.  You know how they always feel the need to garnish an already-perfect food in these old cookbooks, well, they recommend dotting the top of your pudding (which is in sherbet dishes, of course!) with tart jelly.  Hmmm...I've never had it with jelly on top;  don't know about that!  I guess it would be pretty, but I'm not sure about the flavor combination.  Let me know if you try the jelly topping.  I, however, am  a purist, and will leave mine plain white and fluffy.  I'm sure that's the food-styling that Dad would approve of with his favorite pudding!

Fluffy Tapioca Pudding
Better Homes and Gardens All-Time Favorites ("Free when you buy one 7.0 oz. Crest") 1971

1 quart milk
1/4 C quick-cooking tapioca
1/2 C sugar
1/4 tsp salt
3 slightly-beaten egg yolks
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
3 stiffly-beaten egg whites

Combine milk, tapioca, sugar, and salt;  let stand 5 minutes.  Add egg yolks.  Bring to boiling, stirring constantly.  Remove from heat (mixture will be thin at this point);  add vanilla.
Put 1/3 of beaten egg whites in large bowl;  slowly stir in tapioca mixture.  Fold in remaining egg whites, leaving "pillows" of egg white.  Chill.  Pile into sherbets.  Garnish with tart jelly.  Serves 8 to 10.

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  1. Yum, I like tapioca pudding. This sounds marvelous! I do appreciate you sharing with A Return to Loveliness,

  2. You have a beautiful blog; thanks for hosting :)

  3. I love tapioca pudding! I don't when I last had it. This will give me a shove!

  4. Sooo easy, and perfect for cold weather months!

  5. Hi Marcia,
    We just love Tapioca Pudding, as a matter of fact our whole family loves it. Have a great week and thank you so much for sharing your awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  6. Great job. This sounds delicious. Can't wait to try it. I would love for you to come over to my blog hop and share this and other posts there! I am also your newest follower and hope you will return the favor.

  7. I love tapioca! We used to make it a lot when I was a kid. We used these huge tapioca balls and when they were cooked they would be over a 1/4 diameter!

  8. Hi Marcia,
    I love Tapioca pudding too and I always serve it plain. I don't know if I would be brave enough to try it with jelly as I think it's perfect on its own. Your recipe sounds like it would be very fluffy which is very appealing to me. I also love rice pudding. Rice pudding, I often serve with a hot brown sugar sauce on it which is a very old recipe. So glad you have joined me for tea. Hope you're having a beautiful day.


  9. Sounds delicious! I enjoy tapioca pudding and I also like homemade rice pudding and bread pudding. The store-bought puddings don't hold a candle to the homemade!

  10. Maria,

    This was my Dad's favorite dessert also. He's been gone for 11 years now but seeing your post brought back many nice memories. We lived on a farm and had are own milk and eggs. My mom made a double or triple batch of tapioca. It filled the large yellow bowl from the pyrex bowl set of colored bowls. We always had hand picked wild strawberries as our topping, either fresh in season or from the freezer in winter. Thanks for the trip back in time.


    1. Thanks for the nice comments and personal stories; love it!