There are two kinds of people in the world...those that want to be left alone when they don't feel good, and the other group - that want you there hovering, covering and lovin' em up when they are under the weather. And then there are the OTHER two kinds of people - the ones that LOVE tapioca pudding, and those that don't. If you don't, we'll let you go right now!
But for the rest of us, there is nothing like a bowl of homemade vanilla tapioca pudding when you have a sore throat or just want something soothing and comforting. And it doesn't get any better than this homemade version, which is loaded up with wonderful Rodelle vanilla flavor!
I've often said that you can tell how good a recipe and the ingredients are when you make something simple, and the flavor shines thru - pure and simple. And this simple and easy recipe is loaded with Rodelle pure vanilla flavor. Because the pudding requires a fair amount of slow cooking and stirring, adding a vanilla bean early on infuses it with the best vanilla flavor ever. If you don't have fresh vanilla beans, you can easily substitute Rodelle Vanilla Bean Paste or Vanilla Extract. And once you've made homemade vanilla pudding, you'll understand just how much better it is than anything you can make from a box. Well worth the time and effort!
Creamy, smooth and loaded with tiny tapioca pearls, this truly is an old-fashioned comfort food. For a summertime treat, this is so good with fresh fruit added - raspberries, blueberries or strawberries are all wonderful. Or add some sweet banana slices and just a drizzle of caramel. Yum!
Some like it cooled down just enough so that it is slightly warm, and others love it chilled up nice and cold before they enjoy. Either way, I hope that you give this a try and love it as much as we do! My Gram loves homemade Vanilla Bean Tapioca Pudding as much as my little ones do!
3 cups whole milk
1/3 cup small tapioca pearls – NOT instant - I use Bob’s Red Mill
1/8 teaspoon sea salt
2 large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Vanilla Bean OR
1 teaspoon Vanilla Bean Paste or Pure Vanilla Extract
HOW I MAKE THIS:
YIELD: 4 servings
Originally posted July 2017; revised and reposted June 2020.
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