This is one of our favorite treats around here.
A go-to when we feel like having a sweet treat.
I know…a lot of people don’t care for it, with those funny little balls rolling around in there. I honestly never cared for it until fairly recently, now I have gotten used to that texture and kind of enjoy it.
It is a very easy pudding to make and I would say this is a great first pudding to attempt if you have never made anything but boxed pudding.
Also, if you have never made anything but boxed pudding, you are in for a treat. Homemade pudding is heads and tails, far and away SO much better! They really should not even be in the same category.
Once you have homemade, you’ll never want to go back.
- ½ cup small pearl tapioca (NOT instant!)
- 3 cups whole milk
- ½ granulated sugar or honey
- 2 eggs, whisked in a small mixing bowl
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- Soak the tapioca pearls in cool water for at least an hour, you can do it overnight but they do get sort of soggy and therefore make your pudding thicken quite a lot. I recommend a couple hours, but obviously there is some flexibility here.
- After the pearls have soaked, strain the water out and place them in a medium saucepan along with the milk and sugar or honey and heat and stir over medium high heat until it comes to a boil.
- Next you need to temper the eggs, this is done by slowly drizzling about a cup of the hot milk mixture into the eggs, whisking vigorously while you do it.
- Next reverse the motion and slowly drizzle the egg mixture back into the saucepan, again whisking the entire time.
- Once the egg mixture is in the pan, put it back on the burner.
- Whisk until the mixture is bubbly and fairly thick. It will thicken as it cools so don't worry if it is a bit runnier than you would like.
- Add the vanilla extract.
- You can then serve it hot (which is delicious) or place a piece of plastic directly on top of the pudding and refrigerate until cold and then serve.
- It is wonderful served with some little cookies or fresh fruit.