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Large Pearl Tapioca by Alton Brown

Alton Brown's method is brilliant! It is just not using a slow cooker to make the large pearl tapioca, but the steps and timing he uses. His technique gets you a finished product that is perfect and creamy and the most delicious large pearl tapioca pudding you will ever have!
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Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 342


  • ½ cup large pearl tapioca (3.5 ounces)
  • 2 cup water cold
  • cups milk whole
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Place the tapioca pearls in a medium bowl with the water. Cover, and let it stand overnight.
  • Drain the water from the tapioca. Place the tapioca into a slow cooker along with the milk, heavy cream, and salt.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 2 HOURS stirring occasionally.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolk and the sugar.
  • Temper small amounts of the tapioca into the egg mixture until you have added at least 1 cup.
  • Then add this back into the remaining tapioca in the slow cooker. Add the vanilla extract and stir to combine.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for an additional 15 minutes, stirring at least once.
  • Transfer the pudding into a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap.
  • Allow it to cool at room temperature for 1 hour then place it in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled.
Sodium: 147mg | Calcium: 221mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 749IU | Sugar: 26g | Fiber: 1g | Potassium: 266mg | Cholesterol: 101mg | Calories: 342kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Fat: 17g | Protein: 7g | Carbohydrates: 42g | Iron: 1mg