Traditional Tapioca Pudding with a Holiday Twist

Traditional Tapioca Pudding with a Holiday Twist

Use the highest-quality whole milk and the freshest eggs you can find to make this creamy, comforting pudding. For a more basic everyday treat, simply omit the dried fruit.

  • 8Servings


  • 6 cups whole milk, preferably organic, divided
  • 1/2 cup pearl (not quick-cooking) tapioca
  • 1 vanilla bean, split lengthwise
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup plus 1 Tbs. Sucanat evaporated cane sugar, divided
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries or raisins, plus more for garnish, optional
  • 1 cup dried apricots, cut into dried cranberry-size pieces, plus more for garnish, optional
  • 1 cup chopped dried apple rings, plus more for garnish, optional


1. Stir together 1 cup milk and pearl tapioca in 6-qt. Dutch oven. Scrape seeds from vanilla bean, and add seeds and scraped pod to tapioca mixture. Let steep 15 minutes.

2. Whisk together eggs and 1 Tbs. sugar in medium bowl.

3. Stir remaining 5 cups milk, remaining 1/4 cup sugar, and salt into tapioca mixture. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer 15 to 25 minutes, or until tapioca is transparent and mixture has thickened, stirring often with rubber spatula to prevent sticking.

4. Remove pan from heat. Whisk 1 cup tapioca mixture (using as much liquid as possible) into eggs to temper.

5. Stir egg mixture into tapioca mixture, then return pan to heat, and simmer 2 minutes more, or until pudding thickens and foam on top disappears, stirring constantly. Stir in 1 cup each dried cranberries, dried apricots, and chopped apple rings, then remove pan from heat. Let cool, stirring occasionally. Transfer pudding to refrigerator to cool completely.

6. Spoon 3/4 cup pudding into each of 8 serving glasses or bowls. Garnish with dried fruit, if using.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 205
  • Carbohydrate Content: 37 g
  • Cholesterol Content: 43 mg
  • Fat Content: 5 g
  • Fiber Content: 2 g
  • Protein Content: 5 g
  • Saturated Fat Content: 3 g
  • Sodium Content: 130 mg
  • Sugar Content: 27 g