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Tapioca Dream Pudding

Tapioca pudding takes me back to eighth grade Home Ec, one of the first things we learned to cook. More recently, my sister mentioned making it for friends for whom it is a favorite dessert. I just had to go back to it. The lightness in this recipe comes from beating the egg white separately and adding it at the end.

  • 1 egg, separated
  • 4 tablespoons sugar, separated
  • pinch salt
  • 2 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons Minit Tapioca
  • 3/4 teaspoons vanilla 

  1. In a 4 cup glass bowl, beat egg white, adding in 1 tablespoon sugar as it gets foamy.
  2. Beat until stiff peaks form.
  3. In saucepan, whisk egg yolk and 3 tablespoon sugar. Add salt and gradually stir in milk and then tapioca. Let sit 5 minutes.
  4. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until mixture comes to a full boil. Remove from heat.
  5. Immediately, with hand mixer on low speed, slowly add hot tapioca mixture into beaten egg white OR fold beaten egg whites into hot tapioca pudding with spatula. Add vanilla. 
  6. Stir after 20 minutes and scoop into dessert bowls. Serve warm or chilled, plain or with fruit. Yields 3 - 4 small servings
Note- naturally gluten free


  1. Annelise, do you take the saucepan off the heat after it comes to a full boil before adding the beaten egg white?

    1. Julia, I've clarified it in the instructions now to take it off the heat and immediately add to, or stir in the beaten egg white.

  2. Mmm-mm, I love tapioca pudding. You can also serve it in a parfait glass, alternating fruit and pudding. Add a dollop of whipped cream on top--so good.

  3. This looks delicious. Have you tried it with a dairy free substitute?

    1. I have not but I'd probably try it with coconut milk.

  4. I love tapioca, so have made many batches. However, I've never tried it with beaten egg whites. Thanks for the idea/recipe!

  5. Someone commented about making this in a microwave. I'm sorry I deleted the comment by mistake.

    1. I use this same recipe only doubled and do it in the microwave! No scorching of milk. Make it all the time as we love tapioca pudding.


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