National Tapioca Pudding Day!

A bowl of tapioca pudding - sometimes called 'frog spawn' or 'fish eyes' to scare off the timid

A bowl of tapioca pudding – sometimes called ‘frog spawn’ or ‘fish eyes’ to scare off the timid

Who knew there was a Tapioca Pudding Consortium to rally for a National day of recognition?  Who are these tapioca aficionados? The mysteries of food and politics…..

Chocolate Tapioca pudding - egg free, gluten free, easy and tasty!

Chocolate Tapioca pudding – egg free, gluten free, easy and tasty!

Long ago , and not so far away, there was a little restaurant, really a large diner, and when we weren’t eating green macaroni and cheese for Friday night supper, we might, especially if it were summer it seems, go there for Friday night Fish and Chips. They also had tapioca pudding for dessert.  Brother number 3 had a special fondness for tapioca, and calling it fish eggs or fish eyes or anything else disgusting would not cause him to turn away. It’s also really easy to make, and adding chocolate makes this my favorite chocolate pudding. Ironically, Brother number 3 has a birthday on – you guessed it – National Tapioca Pudding Day. Many happy returns of the day, little brother! XoX

Chocolate Tapioca Pudding

1  egg

3 cups  milk

1/3 cup  sugar

3 Tbsp.  tapioca

3 oz.   semi-sweet chocolate ( chips or squares, or dark if you like it strong)

1 tsp.  vanilla (I’ve also used Kahlua or rum or anisette…..whatever liqueur you prefer or have on hand)

  1. Beat egg, milk, sugar and tapioca with wire whisk in medium saucepan until well blended; let stand 5 min. Add chocolate. So far the heat isn’t on
  2. Bring the heat up to medium until it’s  at a rolling boil. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla.
  3. Cool 20 minutes – this stuff thickens as it cools.
  4. Stir. Serve warm or chilled.
  5. Stir again before serving.

 

 recipe from Kraft Minute Tapioca , with notes from the Kraft website

Tapioca pearls are also found in Bubble Tea - great choice for a summer's day

Tapioca pearls are also found in Bubble Tea – great choice for a hot summer’s day

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5 Comments

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5 responses to “National Tapioca Pudding Day!

  1. What restaurant was that, Kathleen?

  2. You can not even imagine how my heart went pitter-patter to read this. I have been obsessed with finding a source of large tapioca pearls here in the UK to reproduce the Tapioca pudding I remember from the Horn and Hardarts in Philadelphia in my childhood. (The tapioca pearls for milk tea cook really differently and don’t work in this recipe, I’ve tried.)
    http://www.hungrybrowser.com/phaedrus/m0405M10.htm#2

  3. PS it’s funny to see that tapioca flour is now a high-end product in the gluten-free market.

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