Old Fashioned Tapioca Pudding

just like my mother used to make, sweet, creamy, ethereal…


1/3 cup Bob’s Red Mill pearl tapioca
3/4 cup water
2 1/4 cups whole milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar, divided
2Β  eggs, separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla


Soak tapioca in water for 30 minutes in a 1 1/2 quart saucepan. Do not drain any remaining water.

Add milk, salt, 1/4 cup sugar and lightly beaten egg yolks to tapioca and stir over medium heat until boiling. Simmer uncovered over very low heat for 10 – 15 minutes. Stir often.

Beat egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form. Fold about 3/4 cup of the hot tapioca mixture into the egg whites, then gently fold tempered egg white mixture back into saucepan. Stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Cool 15 minutes then add vanilla. Serve chilled.

11 thoughts on “Old Fashioned Tapioca Pudding

    1. I was going to sing that.. but I thought we sang “when’s she gonna make some tapioca”
      At least that’s what I was singing..
      That was the song Mom loved to hate.. Every time we sang it, she’d say, sing it again and I won’t make it.. but she did.. πŸ˜„
      It was Dad’s fault πŸ˜‚ we sang it with him..

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      1. That was the lyrics Dad made up to [annoy] Mom:)
        The real lyrics:

        “Tapioca, tapioca, all I ever eat is tapioca,”

        Is from an old 1950’s movie “Seige At Red River” with Van Johnson

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    1. I was going to say not even my sis or I could duplicate Mom’s tapioca exactly (and we have her recipe) , but since your Mom did too, I’m sure hers always turned out the best too πŸ’›

      It’s a mother to child seasoning of love in the recipe that makes it taste the best 😊

      My Mom made THE best and healing toast and hot tea for me, that no one else could achieve, every time I had a sniffle πŸ˜„

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      1. My mother’s tapioca was not as much a labor of love as your mother’s from the sound of it. My mother made EVERYTHING great. But, I think she thought tapioca was a little too unhealthy and she stopped making it somewhere along the way. My mother once made me a steak and finished the pan with wine. Now, that was memorable! Really, my mother (and Mother’s Day is Sunday) was an artist with food.

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      2. Dad and I do that a lot πŸ˜„ Neither of us eat rice frequently but it seems when one of us says we had a rice dish for dinner, the other has had it too.. And we seem to buy avocados on the same day.. I slice one for sandwiches and the rest for guacamole, he likes to dice them up for his salad..
        There’s a few things we both eat often, like chicken, spinach, tomatoes, pork.. So when we find we’ve both eaten those on the same day, it’s not surprising.. 😁

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