Saturday, March 9, 2013

Just Desserts

My Grandmother's birthday is March 12, she left us years ago, and I thought I'd pay tribute to one of the many desserts she made that I loved. One of my fondest memories growing up was visiting my Grandmother, she would always whip up my favorite dessert back then, tapioca pudding. When she didn't have time to soak the tapioca she made the Minute Tapioca, topped with her homemade whipped cream. She knew I loved tapioca and made sure to make it whenever my mother and I visited her.

photo and recipe by WildFlour

Tapioca Pudding

Servings:  4
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons Minute Tapioca
2 ¾ cups milk
1 egg, beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1.       Mix sugar, tapioca, milk and egg in a saucepan, let set for 5 minutes.
2.       Cook on medium heat, stirring constantly, till mixture comes to a full boil.
3.       Remove from heat, then stir in vanilla.
4.       Cool 20 minutes, then stir.
5.       Serve warm or cold,
Top it off with whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, just like Grandma’s.

Leave a comment and tell me what your favorite dessert was growing up, and the great memories that come with it. A winner will be drawn from the commenters and one will receive an PDF copy of my novella Love and the Economy.

Just when Andrea Elliot thought life was getting back to normal after the divorce, her ex, Daren is moving back home. While the ink on their divorce papers dried up, so did the U.S. economy, and Daren’s architecture firm. Since Daren can’t afford to support two households and a floundering business, his accountant advises the couple live together in the family home – just till the economy improves. This couldn’t have happened at a worse time for Andrea. She's just started to date again.
Daren still loves Andrea, and sees their new living arrangement as his opportunity to make things right. Once home he takes off his suit and puts on his work clothes, and gets busy re-building his reputation and his ex-wife’s home office. Can Daren see what Andrea desires, and be the present take-charge man she’s always needed, and can Andrea put her pride away and let him?



  1. cool recipe and I love that you honored your grandmother. I still miss mine

  2. Yummy. I haven't had tapioca pudding since my grandmother made it. Thanks for the memory.

  3. Oh, thanks for sharing this. I love tapioca pudding. My mother and grandmother were fabulous southern cooks. They always seemed to be able to make anything at a moment's notice from the contents of the kitchen. When I was little, my mother owned a restaurant. Everyday she made scrumptious pies-- coconut, lemon, etc. People would have coffee and pie for breakfast and return at lunch for another slice.

  4. Chocolate chip cookies

  5. My uncle's birthday is March 12th:)

    Growing up, it was chocolate cake:)

  6. Love tapioca also...we weren't very big on making desserts growing up, dessert for us was having pan dulce from the local baker (I grew up in Mexico and bakers can make some yummy sweet breads)!


  7. My husband loves tapioca. Now, I just might have to make him some!

  8. I love tapioca pudding now,if only to annoy my father's ghost. When we were growing up we weren't allowed to have it...ever. My father loved most everything (even ate a sheep's eye at a North African banquet) but he drew the line at tapioca. So thanks for the memory (take that, Dad!). Meredith

  9. Yum! sounds really good and so does the book.


  10. I love tapioca too. My grandmother made it like yours did. I like the whipped creme topping and the cherry on top. Have a good day

  11. That's a sweet tribute, Carolyn. Tapioca is like rice pudding, right? My mom made it for us once and I think I was the only one that liked it, lol. But growing up my mom made cornmeal porridge with cinnamon for us a lot and I still make it today :)

  12. This ranks very high on my list of comfort foods. Whenever I was sick, Mom fed me cream of wheat or malt-o-meal, which settled my stomach and still does, and tapioca pudding, which is rich in protein. I miss her, but I still feel the love when I taste warm pudding on a cold day.

  13. Thanks for sharing, one of my husbands comfort foods too..