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Your Questions About Tapioca Pearls Pudding

John asks…

What should I serve with tapioca pudding?

I made traditional tapioca pudding (from pearls, with milk and vanilla) and am wondering what to serve with it. I know mango, kiwi, papaya and other tropical fruits go well with the coconut tapioca, but does it taste good with this as well? Any other ideas?

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

Blueberries, Strawberries. Chocolate. Cinnamon.

Lisa asks…

What are tapioca pearls made out of?

A friend said that the tapioca pearls in the pudding were fish eggs, as in caviar. I know they’re not, but what are they made out of? I have already seen the wikipedia on “Tapioca Pudding” so please don’t give me that as an answer. :)

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

Pearl milk tea, also known as “boba milk tea”, is traditionally made by adding boba balls (made from a mixture of tapioca and carrageenan powder

Donald asks…

Tapioca pearls!!!!: How do you make the pudding?

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

Like many of Grandma’s recipes, these pudding dessert recipes are real gems!

Tapioca Cream
Soak 1 cup tapioca overnight in 2 cups milk, then add 4 cups milk. Boil till clear, then add salt, yolks of 4 eggs, 1 cup sugar, vanilla flavor to taste. Bake in oven. When done, spread whites of eggs beaten stiff with 1/2 cup sugar on top and brown.

Apple Tapioca Cream
Two tablespoonfuls pearl tapioca soaked overnight, 1 pint of milk, 1/2 cup sugar, 1 egg, 4 apples pared, cored, and quartered, a little salt and nutmeg. Bake two hours, stir twice during that time, and serve hot with whipped cream.

Tapioca Pudding Recipes
These old-time tapioca pudding recipes are taken from the book “Practical Cooking and Dinner Getting” by Mary F. Henderson, published by Harper and Brothers, New York, in 1876.

Tapioca And Apple
Pare and core (with a tube) six or seven apples; lay them in a buttered dish. Pour over a cupful of tapioca or sago one quart of boiling water; let it stand an hour; add two teacupfuls of sugar, a little lemon, vanilla, or wine; pour this over the apples, and bake an hour. Peaches (fresh or canned) may be substituted and are an improvement.

Tapioca Cream
Soak a teacupful of tapioca overnight in milk. The next day, stir into it the yolks of three eggs well beaten and a cupful of sugar. Place a quart of milk on the fire, let it come to the boiling-point, and then stir in the tapioca, and let the whole cook until it has thickened; then take it off the fire, and stir in the whites of the eggs beaten to a froth. Flavor to taste. A small portion of the beaten whites of the eggs can be saved to decorate the top. Stir into the latter a little sugar, put it into a paper funnel, press it out over the top of the pudding according to fancy, and place it in the oven a few moments to color.

Tapioca Pudding Recipes
These vintage tapioca pudding recipes are taken from “The White House Cook Book” by Hugo Ziemann, Steward of the White House, and Mrs. F. L. Gillette, a celebrated 19th-century cookbook author, published by The Saalfield Publishing Company, New York, in 1913.

Creamy Tapioca
Five tablespoonfuls of tapioca, one quart of milk, two ounces of butter, a cupful of sugar, four eggs, flavoring of vanilla or bitter almonds. Wash the tapioca and let it stew gently in the milk on the back part of the stove for a quarter of an hour, occasionally stirring it; then let it cool, mix with it the butter, sugar, and eggs, which should be well-beaten, and flavor with either of the above ingredients. Butter a dish, put in the pudding, and bake in a moderate oven for an hour. If the pudding is boiled, add a little more tapioca and boil it in a buttered basin one and a half hours.

Strawberry Tapioca
This makes a most delightful dessert. Soak overnight a large teacupful of tapioca in cold water; in the morning, put half of it in a buttered yellow-ware baking dish, or any suitable pudding dish. Sprinkle sugar over the tapioca; then on this put a quart of berries, sugar and the rest of the tapioca. Fill the dish with water, which should cover the tapioca about a quarter of an inch. Bake in a moderately hot oven until it looks clear.

Eat cold with cream or custard. If not sweet enough, add more sugar at table; and in baking, if it seems too dry, more water is needed. A similar dish may be made, using peaches, either fresh or canned.

Apple Tapioca
Put one teacupful of tapioca and one teaspoonful of salt into one pint and a half of water, and let it stand several hours where it will be quite warm, but not cook; peel six tart apples, take out the cores, fill them with sugar, in which is grated a little nutmeg and lemon peel, and put them in a pudding dish; over these pour the tapioca, first mixing with it one teaspoonful of melted butter and a cupful of cold milk, and half a cupful of sugar; bake one hour; eat with sauce.

When fresh fruits are in season, this pudding is exceedingly nice with damsons, plums, red currants, gooseberries, or apples; when made with these, the pudding must be thickly sprinkled over with sifted sugar.

Canned or fresh peaches may be used in place of apples in the same manner, moistening the tapioca with the juice of the canned peaches in place of the cold milk. Very nice when quite cool to serve with sugar and cream.

Mark asks…

Faster way to make Tapioca pudding by scratch?

I didn’t realize there was instant tapioca pearls and non-instant. I just bought the cheaper box. But when I got home and read the first line of the directions…soak tapioca in water over night. WHAT!!! I want it now!

Can I speed up this process of soaking, so I can eat it this afternoon?

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

You could drive back to the store and buy a box of Instant Tapioca quicker than you can soak the traditional ones. Instant is all I buy; it still has the pearls in it. Plus, I use it to thicken fruit pies.

George asks…

Does all those little ‘pearls’ in tapioca pudding remind you of tadpole eggs, and can you still eat it??

Bubble Tea Fun answers:

Hey they do.Since I’ve been a test dummy for my Mom’s cooking most of my life nothing really bothers me

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