Thursday, July 29, 2010

PieDay Friday- Chocolate Tapioca Pie

Tapioca pudding is such a comfort food for many of us in the Midwest and the South. Served warm or cold, it always reminds me of childhood. Always trying to recapture my youth, I've been curious for a while about making a tapioca pie. After doing a few web searches and digging through countless cookbooks, I couldn't find one single recipe for it. I found recipes for fruit pies that were thickened with tapioca pearls but none that used tapioca pudding as the main filling. I assumed that there must be a reason for this, that maybe tapioca pudding just wasn't pie compatible. I basically gave up on the idea until this week.
As of going to bed Wednesday night, I still had no idea what kind of pie I was going to make and feature for this week's PieDay Friday. Nothing sounded good to me or I didn't have the ingredients for what did sound good. Thursday morning I got up and started rummaging around in my pantry and found an unopened box of Minute Tapioca and the memory of my tapioca pie idea came rushing back. I set to work and came up with this delightfully different yet soothingly familiar pie. I don't know why there aren't any (or any that are easy to find) recipes for a tapioca pudding pie but there should be!  It tastes exactly as good as you think it would!

Tips:
  • Whole or 2% milk work best for this recipe, as they do for most puddings.
  • Minute tapioca is what you will typically find in that red box, just above the boxed pudding mixes in most grocery stores.
  • Instead of Kahlua, 1 teaspoon of vanilla can be substituted. You may also omit this step entirely if desired.
  • If you are having trouble getting the mixture to thicken you may add 1 teaspoon of cornstarch to hot mixture.



Chocolate Tapioca Pie

2oz German Chocolate (or Semi-Sweet)
1oz Bittersweet Chocolate
1/2 cup sugar
3 tablespoons Tapioca (quick cook, or "Minute")
3 cups milk
1 egg, beaten
1 tablespoon Kahlua, optional
1 chocolate cookie pie crust, prepared


In a large saucepan, partially melt the chocolate/s over low heat. The bottom's of the chocolate pieces should be melted, but not the tops. Add the sugar, tapioca, milk and beaten egg and whisk together. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture has thickened and comes to a full boil. Continue cooking for 3 minutes from this point.  Remove from heat  and stir in  Kahlua. Pour pudding into a prepared chocolate cookie crust. Refrigerate for 3 hours or until chilled and firm. Top with whipped cream if desired.

41 comments:

Apryl @ Christian Clippers said...

I'm following you from the blog hop

Kate said...

I have never heard of chocolate tapioca...wow...sounds great!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Yum! I love chocolate and l also love tapioca, so this looks like a good recipe for me! Linda

Red Couch Recipes said...

I also grew up in a home where tapioca pudding was served all the time. I have a son who craves it. Question: Did the pie set up? It really does look marvelous and I would like to try it! Just became a follower! Joni

tracy said...

That sounds incredible! I think I will try to make it! Visiting from the Treehouse.

Pumpkin Tart said...

Red Couch: It set up wonderfully! Just like a pudding based chocolate pie does.

April said...

That look so yummy. Following you from the blog hop

Yenta Mary said...

My son ADORES tapioca! I may just have to make this for him, on some day when I have no desire for sweets -- ha! -- 'cause I won't see any of it if I do make it. And thank you SO MUCH for the lovely compliment about my post, re: Pie Lovers Unite! You have truly made my entire day ... :)

Heather said...

Believe it or not I'm from the south (right in the heart, in Alabama) and have never tried tapioca pudding. It's a sin,I know. Thanks so much for coming to link up to Fab Friday. Always so glad to have you! :)

Ai Mei said...

Hi! I'm a new follower via Google Friend Connect! Found you through Thursday's Blog Hop :)

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Nan Bennett said...

Happy Friday!! Stopping by to say "Hi". I'm your newest follower, Thank you for share nice blog,

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Have a nice day.

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Home♥Mom.com said...

i already follow you but love seeing your pie posts. YUM!
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Tracy said...

I found you from Friday Blog Hop. I'm following you! All your dishes look yummy!
Come visit me at "A Slice of Smith Life" and check out my yummy decorated birthday cakes :)
Thanks!
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Capricorn Soap Company said...

Oh yummy! Thank you for sharing! I love anything chocolate...really I do.

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-Christina

Kel said...

Wow! It must be Pie day. I just came from Food Floozie and there were pies everywhere! Swing by Between the Lines tomorrow if you get a chance and join our first ever Saturday Spotlight Blog Hop. Have a fabulous weekend!

Kel

April@The 21st Century Housewife said...

I had not heard of this Tapioca Pie before this, but yours sounds wonderful! No wonder it is a traditional favourite!

Sharon's New Life said...

I'm your latest follower through Follow Me Friday! I hope you'll stop by my blog at http://scfitz1972.blogspot.com and say hello.
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Nebraska Fillemans said...

I am following you from the blog hop!!
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Nan said...

Thank you for join Follow New Friends.
Have a nice day.
Nan

jennoreilly said...

Never heard of a tapioca pie, but it actually looks kind of nice! Perhaps I'll search through my market and see if I can find some!
Here from Friendship Friday, happy weekend!

Cynthia said...

We've been into pies ever since we saw The Waitress - great movie!

I'm here through Blog Hop and following you.
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CinnyBBS said...

You've hit a weekness. I love tapioca!!! Thanks for stopping by, I'm now following you as well. Have a great weekend!

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Jess and the boys said...

Thanks for joining Following Friday! I'm your newest follower! :)

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Tanyia said...

Ugh I hate tapioca but this looks too good to pass up, ty for the idea!

I'm your newest follower from FFF :)

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3 Giggly Monsters said...

HI I am a new follower from FFF. I do have to say the look of that banana bread is making me very hungry:)

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*~Petra~* said...

Ha ha! I love the post title. Very ingenious. Just dropping by from friendship friday and I'm your newest follower. Hope you will come visit! :) http://donuts2crumpets.blogspot.com

~J said...

Oh my delicious heaven!!! That looks sooo good! Thanks for linking up to Fawk You Friday!

Sheila said...

I'm one of your newest follower from Friendly Friday Follow!

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RoseBelle said...

I've had tapioca drinks but never pie. How interesting. I'd love to give it a try.

I'm following you now. Look forward to learning more from you.

Manang Kim said...

This perks my interest because I never used tapioca in a pie. This looks so yummy and thanks for sharing the recipe I would love to try this.


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Mei said...

Man that looks good!

Estylo Jewelry said...

That looks delicious. looking forward to see more amazing recipes :)
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Michelle said...

Chocolate tapioca=deliciousness! Here to follow you and boy am I glad!

Have a blessed day!
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☺lani☺ said...

Looks yum! I would like to try it! I'm following you from Fun Follow Friday! Have a great weekend!

Brandy said...

Now following from Friendship Follow. Feel free to stop by Sunday night for Admirer Monday hosted by Heavenly Savings and Giveaway Blogdom.

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Kristin Morris said...

Thank you for following me! And I have been able to hold onto a smidge on sanity. Just a smidge! :) And that chocolate tapioca pie looks amazing!!!! YUM. I am your newest follower love! You rblog make sme feel all 'atutumn' inside, love it! ::Kristin::

Marie said...

Hi there, I'm your newest follower from Spotlight Saturday. Loving your blog. Look forward to reading more. Hoping you'll drop me a visit sometime.

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Lisa said...

Hi! I'm your newest follower from the Friday blog hops!!! A little late, but being the mom that I am, I didn't want to miss your blog. :) Nice to meet you! The pie looks incredible.

Hope you'll come visit me & I'd love it if you'd follow back.
Lisa xoxo
Raising Future Leaders
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Beth said...

I'm a huge tapioca fan and we eat tapioca a lot. I really appreciate you figuring out this recipe and sharing it with all of us, especially the chocolate part. I clicked the must try button! beth at http://anothersummeroffun.blogspot.com

Jerri said...

How incredibly scrumptious!

Thanks for joining me for Friday Favorites!

Holly said...

I love chocolate. I love tapioca. I have never had them together - sounds like a winner to me! Thanks for linking to Tickled pink a couple of weeks ago. I took a week off...but I'm back this week!

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