Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total Prep: 60 minutes
1/2 cup small pearl tapioca
3/4 cup water
2 – 1/4 cups 2% milk
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar divided
2 eggs separated
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
Soak the tapioca in water for 30 minutes in a 1-1/2 quart saucepan.
Do not drain any remaining liquid from the tapioca.
Lightly beat egg yolks and add to tapioca along with milk, salt and 1/4 cup of sugar.
Simmer over low heat for 10-15 minutes and stir frequently.
Beat together egg whites and remaining sugar until soft peaks form.
Fold in a portion of the hot tapioca into the egg whites, then carefully fold the mixture back into the saucepan.
Continue to stir over low heat for approximately 3 minutes.
Allow the tapioca to cool for 15 minutes, then add the vanilla.
Serve the tapioca warm or chilled.
As an added treat, top with fruit, nuts, whipped cream, cinnamon or other seasonal favorites.