Tapioca Pudding with Kiwi Mousse

A little fantasy…Interesting combination of kiwi and basil in a mousse…



1/2 cup small pearl tapioca
3 cups coconut milk
1/2 cup sugar
2 egg yolks
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract or 1 fresh vanilla bean
1 pinch salt
5 kiwi
8 fresh basil leaves


Place tapioca in a bowl along with the water, cover, and let the pearl soak at room temperature for 1 hour. Drain water from tapioca.

Heat the coconut milk, pearl tapioca, salt and vanilla bean (split and scraped) to a slow simmer in a heavy pot and cook for  25 minutes or more until the tapioca is completely translucent, stirring frequently. Turn heat off.

Meanwhile in a bowl, whisk together the egg yolks and sugar. Temper small amounts of the tapioca  into the egg mixture until you have added at least 1 cup. Then turn low heat on, add mixture back into the remaining tapioca.Bring the pudding to a gentle simmer over medium-low heat, cook for an additional 5- 10 minutes  until the mixture thickens, stirring constantly. Place the pudding in a bowl and cover the surface with plastic wrap. Allow to cool at room temperature for 1 hour and then place in the refrigerator until thoroughly chilled.

Before serving, in a blander mix very quickly (chunky pieces are fine) 4 kiwis and basil leaves. Leave for 10 minutes in the freezer.

Serve in a jar or tall glass layer of tapioca pudding, then kiwi mousse and again tapioca pudding. Garnish with diced kiwi.



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