Tapioca Pudding

My friend Madison came to visit me.  She used to live in Florida where it is always warm, and now she lives in Georgia where it is usually warm, so she had never seen snow.  We had a big snow storm while she was at my house, and she got to play in lots of deep powdery snow.  Madison had never played in the snow.  She had never tasted tapioca pudding either.  So, after we finished playing in the snow, we made tapioca pudding.  It is soooo good, and it is easy to make.  You don't have to use the stove to make this tapioca pudding; it's done in the microwave oven.   Even though you can do this by yourself, it's always a good idea to have an adult close by in case you need help.

When you're shopping at the grocery store for the tapioca, you can usually find it on the top shelf above the Jello.  There are several kinds of tapioca, but the one that works in this recipe is in a red box and is called "Minute Tapioca." 

                       

Ingredients Needed:

Equipment Needed:

Microwave Oven

Measuring Spoons and Measuring Cups

Microwaveable Bowl or Measuring Cup

Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer

Rubber Scraper

Wire Wisk

 

6 tablespoons Minute Tapioca (the kind in the red box)
1/4 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons sugar for the pudding
2 eggs, separated
4 cups milk
1/4 cup sugar for the egg whites
1 cup whipping cream
2 teaspoons vanilla
Extra milk or whipping cream to thin down the pudding

 

How to Make Tapioca Pudding

Measure the tapioca into a bowl or big glass measuring cup; add the salt and 6 tablespoons sugar too.  Now separate the eggs.  Tap the first egg on the side of a dish.  Split the egg at the crack and let the egg white fall into a bowl.  Make sure the yolk stays in the egg shell.  Pour the egg white into a large mixing bowl.  Add the egg yolk to the tapioca mixture.  Separate the other egg just like the first one; add the yolk to the tapioca mixture and pour the white into the mixing bowl.  Measure 1 cup of the milk and pour it into the tapioca mixture.  Use a wire whisk to mix it so it is smooth and the egg yolks are mixed in and you can't see them anymore.  Let the mixture sit at least 5 minutes while the rest of the milk heats.

Measure 3 cups of milk into a large measuring cup or microwaveable bowl.  Put the 3 cups milk in the microwave and set it to cook on hi for 6 minutes.  Remove it from the microwave.  It's a good idea to use hot pads and also to have an adult help you take it out because it can be hot. Now pour the tapioca mixture into the heated milk. Scrape the sides of the bowl with the tapioca mixture so that you get all of it.

Use a wire whisk to mix.  Then put it in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Take it out of the microwave and whisk it again; cook it for about 3-5 minutes more or until it boils.  Make sure you watch it so it doesn't boil over (that makes a big mess in the microwave and it will take a lot of work to clean it up); if it is climbing the sides of the bowl, then stop the microwave before it climbs to the top. While the pudding cooks in the microwave, attach the beaters to the mixer and beat the egg whites on high speed until they start to bubble.  Most recipes say to beat the whites until frothy; this is what frothy looks like. Turn the mixture to medium speed and gradually pour in the 1/4 cup sugar.  Turn the mixture back to high and beat until the egg whites are stiff. Make sure you scrape the sides of the bowl so that all the sugar dissolves into the egg whites.

Turn the mixer to low speed and carefully pour in the tapioca mixture.  Since the mixture is hot, you might want to get an adult to help you so you don't burn yourself.

Turn the mixer speed up to medium and let it beat until the lumps of egg white are gone.

Pour in the whipping cream. Measure the vanilla and pour it into the pudding.  Mix well.  If the pudding seems too thick, you can add more whipping cream or milk.  It will thicken a little as it cools. Now spoon it into bowls and eat it!  If you don't want to eat it right now, you can cover it with plastic wrap and put it in the fridge for later. 

Madison and I ate it immediately!

Now have someone take your picture with the finished pudding.  Make sure you're smiling!  Madison is on the left and I'm on the right.