Miss ThriftyOctober 11, 2012
Recently I bemoaned my dismal track record with tapioca. I’d bought a 6p box of the stuff from ASDA, but the pudding I made with it tasted horrible:
“It smelled like rice pudding, but had the texture and taste of wallpaper paste.
“We added jam.
“We added more jam.
“We added more jam.
“It still tasted like wallpaper paste. Wallpaper paste with jam stirred in.
“We gave up.”
Surely the stuff couldn’t be all bad? I asked you for your best tapioca recipes – and, although I wasn’t sure if I’d get any, you came up trumps. Aw, you guys!
Of them all, here are the most delicious-sounding tapioca recipes:
1. Use tapioca in Blueberry Pie
I love tapioca pudding, which can be expensive here in the US. I made it and when I tasted it I had the same thing happen. Yuck. I too hate food waste, but it’s more of a waste when no one would eat it. THEN I found a fruit pie recipe which calls for tapioca as a thickener. I made a blueberry pie: 4 cups fruit (I used frozen berries), 1 cup sugar and 1/4 cup tapioca. Let stand for 15 minutes after filling the pie shell and bake. Perfect. Hope this works for you – Cindy.
2. Use tapioca in this Coffee Dessert
Your email made me smile as I too remember a pack of tapioca lasting a very long time when I was a young bride! The recipe I bought it for was actually quite nice, but it was a handwritten one & I can’t find it now, but was basically the tapioca made up with milk, sugar & coffee essence, poured into coffee cups, chilled and served with coffee syrup. Obviously it wasn’t so delicious that I’ve committed it to memory, but you did ask! – Roz.
3. Rote Gruetze
I follow your blog by email and when I just read your tapioca dilemma, I remembered a recipe for a pudding. It has been a long time since I made it but it tasted good. The recipe is for a German/Danish dish called Rote Gruetze. Tapioca is not the main ingredient but used as a thickener. You lightly boil half a litre of juice (a mix of apple and grape juice) with 75 g of tapioca and 2 tbsp of raisins. Let it cool and add 350 g of fruit, preferably red! (e.g. strawberries, blackberries, raspberries etc). Sweeten to taste with honey. It is probably not a thrifty recipe, but you asked for a use of tapioca and this is the only one I know – Regina.
4. Baby Food
Tapioca is nice as a baby food. Instead of cooking it in water or milk, simmer it in fruit juice. It makes a lovely pudding. Orange juice works particularly well, although it will be a while before your l’il dude is old enough for orange! – Karla.
Coconut milk and mango MMMMM – although we prefer this well chilled rather than “school dinner lukewarm”. In fact I am off to make some today as I have a random bag of “frog spawn” to use up. Also cooked with coconut milk and palm sugar – it tastes just like toffee! – Elaine.
So I’ve decided that as soon as I can find a box on special again, I’m going to give tapioca another go. I shall report back…