Old-fashioned Strawberry Tapioca Recipe

19-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Saturday, June 13, 1914:  This is Saturday. Not much doing.

Strawberry Tapioca

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll share an old seasonal recipe that I really like. Strawberry Tapioca combines the classic taste of tapioca pudding with the wonderful taste and texture of fresh strawberries.

Strawberry Tapioca

1/2 cup small pearl tapioca

2 cups water

2 1/2 cups milk

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup sugar

2 eggs, separated

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 cups thinly sliced strawberries

Soak tapioca in room temperature water overnight. Drain.

Heat milk (preferably in double boiler) until warm, add drained tapioca and milk. Cover, turn heat to very low and cook for one hour. Stir occasionally. Watch to make sure that the mixture doesn’t boil. (It will boil over very easily—and also has a tendency to burn on the pan bottom if care is not used).

Beat egg yolks and sugar together. Add a little of the hot mixture to the egg mixture and blend thoroughly. Then add the egg mixture to the hot milk mixture, stirring constantly. Reheat over medium heat and cook while stirring until tapioca mixture is very thick, about 15 minutes.

Beat egg whites until stiff. Fold egg whites into hot tapioca mixture. Stir in vanilla, and then gently stir the sliced strawberries into the hot tapioca. Chill and then serve.

Makes 7 – 8 servings

24 Responses

  1. Sounds delicious!

  2. That does sound good; I haven’t had tapioca in years!

  3. There’s a place around here that makes the best tapioca. That’s why I don’t make it. Too much competition!!!

    • Tapioca is relatively complicated and time-consuming to make–you’re lucky that someplace near you makes really good tapioca.

  4. I would eat that. It must be best served warm.

  5. Oooooh, yum!!! :)

  6. That looks perfect for a summer lunch party :)

  7. I just love these old recipes. Thanks for sharing :)

  8. yum, sounds delish!
    Diana xo

  9. Saved this one in my recipes. Sounds wonderful!

  10. It’s been so long I don’t even remember what tapioca tastes like. This looks yummy.

  11. Yum, that looks and sounds soooo good. Hugs

  12. Thanks for the recipe. Looks yummy. A nice cool treat for a warm Summer’s day.

  13. I’m going to make this! Thank you. I enjoy your blog. xo

  14. I haven’t had tapioca in years… this sounds good.

  15. This sounds like a lovely combination. I do like tapioca pudding but haven’t ever tried it with fruit.

  16. I’ve never seen Tapioca pudding with fruit. Hmmmm.

  17. This looks and sounds so yummy! Thank you for sharing.

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