October 23, 2007

Green Tea & Tangerine Tapioca Pudding




Ingredients:
2 cups whole milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup small pearl tapioca (not instant)
1 teaspoon matcha powder*
zest and juice from 1/2 tangerine
1 egg

Directions:
Set the slow cooker on low. Pour the milk, tapioca, matcha and sugar in, whisk until the sugar dissolves. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, or until the tapioca is soft and translucent. Stir in the egg, zests and juice. Cook an additional 1/2 hour. Serve warm.

*If you don't have matcha powder, seep 2 green tea bags in the milk for 1/2 hour before cooking, discarding the bags.

Yield: about 4 servings


Note: for more traditional tapioca pudding made in the slow cooker, eliminate the green tea/matcha and juice/zest and sub about a tablespoon of vanilla.

My thoughts:
I've always wanted to come up with a dessert recipe to make in the slow cooker (if for no other reason than to say I did) and long cooking tapioca pudding seemed like the perfect choice. It isn't a faster method, but it eliminates all that carpal tunnel inducing stirring that even so-called "instant" tapioca requires. Plain, ordinary tapioca pudding sounded sort of boring though. I was stuck thinking of a good twist when I spied a bag of jumbo sized pearls for making boba tea and since the only real difference between the pearls in tapioca pudding and in boba tea is the size, I thought I'd make a boba-inspired pudding. I was nervous about doing it in the slow cooker but I shouldn't have been. The end result was the best tapioca pudding ever. Creamy and cooked to perfection. I am never making tapioca pudding any other way ever again.

6 comments:

  1. Oooh! Slow cooker tapioca pudding! That sounds perfect for a cold night. Yummmy!

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  2. I absolutely love tapioca pudding! What a great idea making it in a slow cooker!ht

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  3. Oh wow, I've had rice pudding before, but never tapioca. Can you believe it! This looks really good though, I'm itching to try. Maybe it'd be nice with a side of sweet adzuki beans.

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  4. oh yeah thats what i'm talking about. so clever i can just tell its delicious!

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  5. IS it supposed to be 1/4 a cup of the tapioca?

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  6. Yup, 1/4 cup. It really expands.

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