I am continuing my love affair with tapioca. Who knew it could be so versatile and useful?
I’ve been experimenting with it for several months now, and am finding more and more benefits.
Firstly, I must confess that I don’t follow the recipe exactly. It calls for beating the egg whites separately and then folding them into the final product. I wasn’t sure that additional air in the pudding would enhance it enough for me to go to the trouble of making the beaten whites . . . so I didn’t do it!
Next up was the 1/2 cup of sugar that the recipe calls for. Usually I follow a recipe fairly closely the first time, but a half cup of sugar in two cups of milk seemed like overkill, so I cut it in half. Subsequently, I cut it in half again – to two tablespoons. This amount made it more than sweet enough for me.
The next to last time I made it, I accidentally forgot the sugar altogether, and made an exciting discovery . . . not having any sugar at all in it opens it up to more variations. So this last time, I purposely did not put any sugar in it.
Now I have a sugar-free dessert that consists of milk, eggs, and tapioca starch. As a “pudding”, it is probably too bland for words, but the nourishment contained therein makes it the perfect foil for adding a little something that tickles your fancy – maybe even different each time – to keep the “romance” alive!
In addition to the incredible variety of things to add, it serves as a foil for a small bit of our fave gelato. I’ve taken to using about three parts tapioca pudding to one part gelato and mixing it about. Et voilá – I have a creamy bit of dessert that is much lower in calories, and is not so sweet, as would be the straight gelato. I usually add coconut, and maybe a sprinkle of cinnamon or instant coffee granules, and come up with something really delicious.
There are many variations of “dessert” possibilities, but when my tummy complains of the lateness of the lunch hour, I’ve learned that a small scoop of the tapioca pudding, mixed with a tablespoon (or even less) of peanut butter, does wonders for my disposition!
Again – a sprinkle of cinnamon, apple pie spice, pumpkin pie spice, or anything else that appeals to you will enhance the enjoyment of this quick fix for tummy rumblings.
Needless to say, a bit of fruit and/or nuts added in, or eaten separately, would not go amiss.
Tapioca – I’m glad I made your acquaintance!