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Tapioca pudding disappointment- please help

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Joette Feb 6, 2005 04:12 PM

I just bought a fuzzy logic rice cooker and set out to make tapioca pudding in it on the Porridge cycle. I used the recipe from the "The Ultimate Rice Cooker Cookbook", which called for small pearl tapioca- emphasizing NOT instant or quick cooking. I followed the recipe and ended up with tapioca that was mostly edible but still clumpy and slightly undercooked after THREE (count em) Porridge cycles! What did I do wrong? I understand that typically you need to soak small pearl tapioca for several hours. But the recipe never asked you to do so, and was actually I think touting the beauty of making it so simply in the rice cooker.

Any help appreciated...

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    goody RE: Joette Feb 6, 2005 05:33 PM

    i don't know about using a rice cooker but this is a terrific recipe.
    http://www.detnews.com/2002/food/0201...

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      Frank RE: Joette Feb 7, 2005 06:26 AM

      Don't know about fuzzy logic. This is how I do it
      Tapioca
      4 large Eggs Yokes,
      1 cup Sugar,
      Pinch Salt,
      1/2 cup Tapioca Beads/Seeds/Pearls, soaked overnight in 3 cups Cold Water,
      Do NOT use Instant, Minute, or Quick-Cooking Tapioca,
      1 quart Milk, scalded,
      1 tsp. Vanilla or a Three inch whole bean split length wise,
      2 Tablespoons Unsalted Butter,

      1- Scaled the milk with the vanilla bean, Remove bean and save,

      2- Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon-colored. Stir in the sugar, salt and the drained tapioca,

      3- Temper the egg yoke mixture with 1 cup of the scalded milk. Combine into the rest of the milk,

      4- Scrape the inside of the vanilla bean cleaning out the vanilla bean seeds. Add the seeds to the mixture,

      5- Cook a few minutes over medium heat until thickened,

      6- Add butter and incorporate,

      7- Remove from Heat and place a plastic wrap on the surface to prevent skin forming,

      Serve cold with ripe strawberries, sliced peaches, or other fruit of your choice.

      Frank

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        Boris RE: Joette Feb 7, 2005 08:45 AM

        Tapioca goes bad. If it's too old it doesn't cook all the way through or thicken the pudding properly.

        Maybe you should try it with new tapioca.

        Boris

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