Tapioca is also commonly used as a thickening agent. Mostly in soups, fruit pie fillings, and sauces. It can be used to thicken almost anything because tapioca itself has very little taste of it's own. It also almost completely protein and gluten free. Gluten sensitive people often use tapioca flour in their baking.
I wanted to experiment with tapioca, so I bought some from Amazon. I tried a few recipes that I found on the internet. It really is pretty amazing stuff and very easy to cook.
To this recipe, you can add just about anything you want to flavor it. I have tried many variations such as:
- In a small pan, bring water to a boil.
- Add pinch of salt
- Pour in tapioca, stirring constantly .
- Lower the heat so the pearls soft boil.
- Stir often for 20-25 minutes while cooking till tapioca is clear and the water is thickened.
- Remove from heat and let cool for 10 minutes.
- Add condensed milk, stirring to combine. (you can use regular milk, but it will not be as thick or as sweet)
- diced apples and cinnamon
- pureed bananas and honey
- cocoa powder and slivered almonds
- maple syrup and toasted granola
- crushed pinapple and shredded coconut
- apple sauce and cherries
- pureed oranges and mango
If you want to use tapioca as a thickener, like for pie filling, soup or gravy, I would puree it so it will be smooth. The flavor is so mild, you usually cannot taste it at all. The calorie count and nutritional information is below:
Have a great weekend!
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This is a book that I picked up while experimenting with tapioca. There are some delicious recipes here, that are really easy to make. There are so many recipes you would never think would be made with Tapioca like:
Trust me, you will love this cookbook!