Tapioca pudding is the ultimate in comfort food. I made it the "normal" way during my 2008 challenge, and have used that recipe LOTS to wow the neighborhood kids during playdates. It's easy, it makes a TON, and keeps really well in the fridge. You can make a batch on the weekend and nibble all throughout the week.
I wanted to kick the normal recipe up a notch for the new cookbook, and after opening and closing the pantry doors a bunch of times (you do that too, right? you stare at your pantry waiting for something to pop out?) I zereoed in on the cocoa powder I was given at the BlogHer Food conference. This is Scharfen Berger---it's delicious, smooth, and kind of expensive. It's not something I'd buy on my own, especially after learning that it's owned by Hershey (might as well just buy the regular stuff!)
Anyway, I combined some of the cocoa powder with some almond extract because I was trying to recreate that yummy chocolate almond biscotti flavor. In tapioca.
because why not?
and it worked. I loved this. Adam loved this. My grandma, mom, dad, brother, and sister-in-law loved this.
the kids said they liked the "normal" one better...
serves 8 to 10
2 quarts 1 percent milk (half gallon)
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 cup small pearl tapioca (not instant)
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
Use a 4-quart slow cooker. Combine the milk, sugar, and tapioca in the stoneware insert. Stir well to mix. DON'T ADD EGGS yet!
Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours. You are looking for the tapioca to soften slightly and get a bit slimy. This is still going to be very soupy---don't get worried!
In a mixing bowl, whisk the eggs, almond extract, and cocoa powder together. Measure out 1/2 cup of the hot milk and tapioca from the crock, and stir it into your mixing bowl. Then add another 1/2 cup and mix it together. And then another!
This is called tempering the eggs, and you need to do this so you don't end up with scrambled eggs in your pudding. Pour the egg mixture into your slow cooker and stir well to combine. cover and cook on high for 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until the tapioca has begun to swell and thicken.
Unplug the cooker, and leave the lid off for one hour to thicken even more. Stir again and chill thoroughly in the fridge.
This works. The bit of cocoa and almond really adds a great depth to a traditional tapioca pudding and tastes fantastic. I've been eating it for breakfast.
and for snack.
and sneaking spoonfuls each time I walk into the kitchen.
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