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Aug 12, 2006 02:39 PM

Tapioca for oral surgery patient

I feel your pain, Macca and am making notes on your thread. My husband is going to have oral surgery next week and has requested tapioca pudding so: is tapioca pudding hard to make? what do I need to make it and where can I buy tapioca pearls in NYC?

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  1. You can buy a box of tapioca (the small kind) and whip it up in a matter of minutes, very simple.

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    1. re: rtmonty

      Love tapioca- but if you buy a box and make is from "scratch" just be advised you will have a TON of tapioca.

      1. re: rtmonty

        I make tapioca pudding every week for a husband who has some medical problems and will eat this when he won't eat anything else. Use Minute Tapioca, NOT pearl. Mix 1/4 cup sugar, 6 tablespoons Minute Tapioca, 3 egg yolks, and 4 cups milk. Bring this to a full rolling boil, stirring fairly often. While it is very hot pour all of it over 3 egg whites that you have beaten stiff with 1/4 cup sugar. The heat of the custard cooks the egg whites (whip it together with a whisk). After it has cooled a little, add 2 tsp vanilla. This will make a tapioca pudding that 1) is fluffy 2) is nourishing, with the 3 eggs in it and 3) is not too sweet so you can vary it with sugared and sweetened peaches or strawberries or a glub of liqueur. Whipped cream or even Redi-Whip is a nice addition.

      2. I buy tapioca from Asian grocery stores. Sorry I'm not in NYC so can't suggest a name. One simple recipe for tapioca pudding is by Alton Brown. Here's the link:

        If you scroll down you'll see other pudding recipes from the same episode. One of them might interest your husband.

        1. You can buy a small box of Minute Tapioca. The recipe is on the back of the box. Not at all difficult. You will have enough tapioca to make it several times.

          1. Actually, Minute Tapioca is probably what your husband is thinking of. The "pearls" are broken into small pieces -- about the size of tabouli, as I recall -- so they cook faster than pearl tapioca. The end product also is smoother/less chewy than cooked pearl tapioca, so it should be ideal for your patient.

            You should be able to pick it up at your local grocery store. The directions are on the box.

            1. As usual, I am incredibly grateful for the thoughtful information I get from these boards. Thanks, everyone, for your help.