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Homemade Tapioca Pudding

Timeless Comfort: Classic Homemade Tapioca Pudding Picture a bowl of creamy, velvety pudding infused with the delicate essence of vanilla, where each spoonful is a journey of comfort and nostalgia. Classic Homemade Tapioca Pudding is the epitome of timeless comfort, a dessert that transports you back to the warmth of Grandma’s kitchen. This recipe promises a luscious, old-fashioned pudding with the signature texture of tapioca pearls and the sweet fragrance of vanilla. Get ready to savor a taste of pure nostalgia that’s perfect for family gatherings, weeknight treats, or anytime you crave a spoonful of classic goodness.

Velvety Elegance

The star of this dessert is the silky-smooth pudding infused with the magic of tapioca pearls.

Vanilla Dream

This recipe features the sweet, comforting aroma and flavor of pure vanilla extract.

Substitutions and Variations:

Customize your Classic Homemade Tapioca Pudding with these variations:

  1. Coconut Twist: Substitute some or all of the milk with coconut milk for a tropical twist.
  2. Fruit Fusion: Top the pudding with fresh fruit like berries, sliced bananas, or stewed apples for a fruity burst of flavor.
  3. Caramel Drizzle: Drizzle warm caramel sauce over the pudding for a caramelized indulgence.


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Now that you’ve rediscovered the comfort of Classic Homemade Tapioca Pudding, it’s time to savor its timeless elegance. Share it with family and friends, serve it as a delightful dessert, or simply enjoy it as a comforting treat. Don’t forget to leave a review and share your favorite toppings or serving suggestions with us. Happy pudding-making!

Tips or Notes:

  • Rinse the tapioca pearls under cold water before using to remove excess starch for a better texture.
  • Stir the pudding continuously while it’s cooking to prevent the tapioca pearls from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Let the pudding cool for a while before serving to allow it to thicken further.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use instant tapioca pearls?

While instant tapioca pearls can be used, the traditional small pearl tapioca is recommended for the best texture and results.

Can I make this pudding with a dairy-free milk substitute?

Yes, you can use almond milk, soy milk, or any dairy-free milk substitute of your choice to make this pudding.

Homemade Tapioca Pudding

Homemade Tapioca Pudding

Recipe by Alexandra
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Course: All Word Recipes


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  • 1/2 cup 1/2 (100g) small pearl tapioca

  • 2 1/2 cups 2 1/2 (600ml) whole milk

  • 1/2 cup 1/2 (100g) granulated sugar

  • 2 large 2 egg yolks

  • 1 teaspoon 1 pure vanilla extract

  • Pinch salt


  • Rinse the small pearl tapioca under cold water and drain well.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine the rinsed tapioca, whole milk, granulated sugar, and a pinch of salt.
  • Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes to allow the tapioca to soften.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg yolks.
  • After the tapioca has soaked, place the saucepan over medium heat and bring the mixture to a gentle boil, stirring constantly.
  • Once the mixture begins to boil, remove it from the heat.
  • Gradually whisk a small amount of the hot tapioca mixture into the beaten egg yolks to temper them.
  • Pour the tempered egg yolks back into the saucepan with the remaining tapioca mixture, stirring constantly.
  • Return the saucepan to low heat and cook, stirring, for an additional 5-7 minutes until the pudding thickens and the tapioca pearls become translucent.
  • Remove the pudding from the heat, and stir in the pure vanilla extract.
  • Let the pudding cool for a few minutes before serving.
  • Serve your Classic Homemade Tapioca Pudding warm or chilled, garnished with a sprinkle of cinnamon or a dollop of whipped cream if desired. Savor the timeless comfort!

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