Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Coconut cream Tapioca pearls recipe


The Asian pearls...









I already told you about a dessert that I love and which is coconut cream tapioca pearls.
This is a Southeast Asian dessert widely eaten in Vietnam and China and also prepared in India.

Tapioca comes from the cassava root and is found in different forms in the world (fresh paste, powder, raw powder, granules ...).

According to the local use and recipes, many countries transform cassava.

In Congo (Center of Africa and the capital is Brazzaville), where I grew up, a dough like a polenta is made with powdered cassava and it replaces rice and pasta. This satiating paste is usually eaten with stews.But I don’t really like it as I don’t like polenta.

In West Africa, you will find a slightly granular powder cassava. It is called Gari. Cold water, sugar and peanuts added to Gari constitute either a dessert or a breakfast.

In Haiti where my mother is from, such as in the others West Indies and in some American Latin countries, cassava is sometimes cooked as a flatbread. This pancake or “bread” is a legacy of the Carib Indians.

To return to the tapioca pearls, they just started appear in Europe with the consumption of Bubble Tea. They are very fashionable right now.

I love tapioca pearls associated with coconut cream and served with fresh fruit as mango, pear , persimmon, ... and nuts , cashews , hazelnuts , pecans , almonds ...

Coconut milk and tapioca pearls are a dessert that can be adapted to a multitude of flavors. You can use vanilla, pandan flavoring or blossom water, rose water ... And if you do not like coconut cream, you can just use milk.

Notes:

Tapioca pearls can be found in Asian grocery stores.
At the end of the preparation, the pudding will have a sticky texture, this effect completely disappears once the cream kept cool.
In my recipe I used cow's milk but lactose intolerant people can use vegetable milk such as almond, rice or oats milk.

Here is the recipe.

Ingredients (4-6 people):

• 160 grams of tapioca pearls
• 360 ml of water (used to soak the pearls)
• 200 ml coconut cream
• 50 cl semi-skimmed milk
• 80 to 100 grams of sugar

To serve:

Fresh fruits and nuts of your choice








Method:

Rinse 160 gr of tapioca pearls and soak in 360 ml of water for about 20 minutes.

Heat a large saucepan over medium heat, pour in the soaked pearls with the remaining water (the pearls will absorb water) and add the milk.

Using a spatula, stir constantly as you would do for rice pudding.

The preparation will thicken fairly quickly and the pearls will become transparent. They are cooked and it takes about 10 minutes.

Add the coconut cream to the mixture, I used 38 % fat coconut cream but the regular one is also perfect.

Stir well.

Turn off the heat and add the sugar.
I add the sugar at the very end of the preparation to prevent the mixture from caramelizing and give the preparation a brown tint.

Allow to cool, place in a large bowl and store in the fridge about 3 hours before serving.

If the cream is a little bit compact, before serving you can add a little milk but if you respect the measurements you won’t need doing it.


I usually enjoy this tapioca pearls cream with fresh mango cutted into cubes and some nuts. Sometimes I add a tablespoon of maple syrup on the top!






tips: 

For a hot/cold effect, I warm cream in the microwave for 30 seconds before serving and I added fruits.















I hope you will enjoy this recipe as I do.
I thank you for your reading and sharing,
Chantal


39 comments:

  1. This is so interesting, Chantal! I had no idea that tapioca was a substitute for rice in the Congo. What a beautiful dessert!

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    1. Thank you Helen it is a delicious dessert.
      I hope you can give this a try one day.
      Take care Chantal

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  2. Hi Chantal, love the story behind the tapioca. Looks like the mangoes and tapioca go hand in hand together. Beautiful photos! Today I am trying my hand at flan, cream and milk, but I would love to give this recipe a try. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thank you su much Cheri, I'am happy to see you here.This dessert is really delicious.
      Hope you'll give a try to this recipe one day.
      I will come and see your flan, I'am sure it will be yummy.
      Chantal

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  3. un très beau dessert que j'aime énormément vu tes verrines un régal
    bonne soirée

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    1. Merci beaucoup! Je suis contente que ces verrines te plaisent.
      Tu sais c'est un dessert dont je raffole et je dois me retenir pour ne pas en prendre aux petits déjeuner et en dessert lol!
      Une belle soirée pour bises
      Chantal

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  4. Hi Chantal! I loved reading the story behind and I loved your photos!

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    1. Thank you so much Katerina.
      So happy to see you there.
      Chantal

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  5. looks great me and the kids love tapioca pudding and would love to try the flatbread

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    1. Hi Rebecca,
      I'am so glad you stopped by!
      Tapioca pudding is so delicious. I'll do my best to give the recipe of cassava flatbread the way it is eaten in Haïti.
      Have a nice day
      Chantal

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  6. Love the tapioca story! I love when an ingredient has so much history. This dessert looks creamy and delicious!

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    1. Thank you so much Jessica! It's so nice from you.
      There are so many recipes we can do with cassava, I'll try to suggest some.
      Have a nice day
      Chantal

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    1. Thank you so much Joanne and welcome, I'am so happy to see you onTravelling Papilles!
      Chantal

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  8. What a lovely dessert! The mango is perfect now that our weather is warming :)

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    1. Thank you Liz! This is one of my favorite dessert!
      Have a nice day
      Chantal

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  9. What a beautiful dessert! I love tapioca and coconut cream especially with a nice fruit like mango. It reminds me of being on holidays :D

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  10. Oh Thank you so much Lorraine, Very happy you stopped by. Your blog is so beautifull, full of nice recipes and ideas.
    Have a nice day
    Chantal

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  11. look absolutely delicious CVhantal I love mangoes!

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    1. Hi Gloria,
      Thank you so much, it is a yummy and fresh dessert.
      Chantal

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  12. Hi Chantal. Than you for stopping at my blog, I rally like yours. Your recipes are nice, I'm sure I will be using some of your dishes. It hanks for your comments, I love Somalis and their food is delicious!
    Take care.

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    1. Hi Prieta, I'am so glad you stopped by, thank you.
      I dont' know if you know this somolian blog, it is full of nice recipes: http://xawaash.com
      Please come back when you want to, I will appreciate.
      Take good care of you
      Chantal

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  13. I would eat any version of this -- it looks so delicious! Coconut is one of my favorite ingredients, and I really need to try this. :)

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    1. Thank you so much Marcie, I hope you will give this dessert a try. It is really delicious. And you can use the flavor of your choice.
      Chantal

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  14. This is one of my favorite dessert too! I love tapioca pearls, and crazy about mangoes too. YUM! <3

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    1. Oh Nami you are so right, it's a really delicious dessert!
      Thank you
      Chantal

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  15. I have never tried this, but really love the coconut, tapioca and mango topping. Yum, thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much Nancy and Welcome here! Your blog is so beautiful and full of nice recipes.
      I'am going to suscribe to it.
      Chantal

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  16. What a delightful dessert. I'm a lover of anything mango and this looks so pretty.

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    1. Thank you so much Maureen, I'am so happy you stopped by. I'am a huge fan of your nice blog.
      This dessert is delicious.
      Chantal

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  17. Ta recette est bien gourmande un vrai régal ! bises et belle soirée

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    1. Merci Joséphine!
      Bises
      Une belle journée pour toi,
      Chantal

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    1. Hi there!

      I will be glad to join your community!
      I thank you for your proposal, I do accept it and suscribe as soon as possible.
      Thank you again!
      Chantal

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    1. Merci Joséphine, je te souhaite un bon week end!
      Il faudrait que je change l'Url du blog lorsque je te laisse des messages, le blog en français est http://voyagesdespapilles.blogspot.fr et j'ai un peu plus d'avance là sur les recettes.
      Bises
      Chantal

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  20. I used to love tapioca pudding, but haven't had it in forever. I bet this is delicious and hope to give it a try soon!

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    1. Hi Megan, this a delicious dessert, very easy to adapt to many fruits! I hope you can give this a try one day.
      Thank you so much for your visit
      Have a great day
      Chantal

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