Tuesday, April 28, 2015

TWD ~ Baking Chez Moi Coconut Tapioca

TWD ~ BCM Coconut Tapioca
Tapioca pudding conjures up all kinds of wonderful childhood memories for me. It has always been one of my favorite desserts! I still remember New Years Day dinners at my Aunt Louise’s house. My mom and Aunt Emma made fabulous pies, yet I always craved my Aunt Louise’s signature dessert; Tapioca pudding served in pretty glass dishes with a cherry on top. I adored the sweet, creamy, rich texture. So when Coconut Tapioca Pudding was the pick for this weeks TWD ~ BCM, I was thrilled!

Creamy, rich and perfectly elegant!
Dorie’s recipe called for Large Pearl Tapioca, which I could not find anywhere. I decided to go with the small pearl, and adjust the other ingredients. Small pearl tapioca does not need a long soak time (about an hour), in a portion of the milk from the recipe. The large pearl tapioca needs about 8 hours to soak in water, that is then drained off. After the tapioca is soaked, the rest of the milk is added, along with the coconut milk and sugar. Bring the mixture just barely to a boil, stirring continuously for about 15 minutes. Reduce the heat, and let the mixture simmer until the tapioca is fully cooked...another 20 minutes or so. Stirring is very important so that your pudding doesn’t scorch. The Tapioca will tell you when it’s ready. It will swell and become almost translucent. Stir in some vanilla at the end of cooking. I think this tapioca tastes best warm or at room temp. Dorie likes to serve hers cold!

I love mine warm…how do you like yours?
If your tapioca becomes too thick after refrigeration, stir in some milk or cream. I loved the flavor of the coconut milk. I know this will be a new favorite way to make my tapioca. The coconut just added to the wonderful creaminess. Whether you are in camp Dorie enjoying your pudding cold, or think it’s heavenly right off the heat, you will love this old time pudding! Happy Tuesday everyone!!


This recipe can be found in Dorie’s new cookbook, Baking Chez Moi, and here on Google books. We don’t print the recipe. There are many Tapioco pudding recipes out there; the one I usually make is from 101 Cookbooks. To see what the other participants thought of this recipe, check them out here at TWD~BCM.


Comfort food at it’s best
 Why don’t I make this more often? I need to!


22 comments:

  1. This reminds me of my brother when we were growing up. He'd go to the kitchen and whip up a batch of tapioca and eat it all. Your dishes are very pretty!

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  2. Beautiful presentation! Your dishes are lovely.

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  3. Wow, great pictures! I love your dishes. Glad you enjoyed the recipe.

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  4. We should have tried it warm Kathy. We DID NOT like it. Gary's waiting for me to make some
    'good tapioca pudding'! Hope all is well with you and your family.

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  5. Your tapioca pudding looks lovely. Great photos. I'm so glad it was a hit for you. Although I said I was going to try every recipe so I could learn new things, I just couldn't bring myself to try this one.

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  6. Such a pretty presentation! Glad you enjoyed it...it was a first for me and I did as well.

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  7. It looks very similar to coconut sago..yours looks very beautiful and delicious.

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  8. I had trouble with this one. My husband also has fond memories of tapioca pudding, and we were very disappointed by this recipe - mine ended up too gelatinous and we would have preferred it to be sweeter. I can't wait to use the leftover tapioca to try a different recipe!

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  9. I love tapioca and coconut so I need to try this. I think I would prefer the smaller tapioca, too.

    Lovely presentation!

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  10. Beautiful dishes and photos. I had to cheat and use minute tapioca, that's all I could find. I also cheated with adding chocolate. ;)

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  11. Vintage glassware! So pretty! And serving the tapioca warm was definitely best!

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  12. I love those dishes, so pretty. This was a winner here, Jim loves tapioca so I wasn't too worried
    about it. If he can eat the "Crazy Shack" from Giant, I figured mine couldn't lose.

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  13. Yours looks so good...just the way tapioca pudding should look. :)

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  14. Beautiful Kathy!
    Love your presentation and the beautiful glassware ;)
    I didn't get to this TWD project this week but you've made it sound and love delicious..so now it's in my to make list, thanks, xxooxx, Patty

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  15. I think I could make this :)

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  16. Your tapioca pudding looks wonderful! I do prefer eating them warm too!

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  17. I liked this tapioca too, and I agree on the room temperature version being best.

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  18. Unfortunately, this was not comfort food at its best for us. We love pudding but mine was too gelatinous. I need to tinker with the recipe and get it right. I might make the directions on the package which called for eggs which I think will help the texture.

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  19. Okay, I may have inadvertently lied in my last comment. I think I will make this for guests this week, as we are having Vietnamese food for dinner and the coconut would be perfect as a dessert. Agreed?

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  20. I love coconut and tapioca so this is a winner all around Kathy!

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  21. Kathy this is the ultimate comfort food. I want one badly.

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