One of my childhood memories of having dessert was custard with nutmeg. I just absolutely love that combination and you really don’t see this on menus anymore;. Or at least mainstream menus. I don’t remember eating a ton of tapioca when I was a kid but I think the pudding I had was more of the custard type (egg yolk and milk without the tapioca). Regardless whether it has egg yolks or not the flavor and consistency are very similar. I gave it a light coconut flavor by adding some coconut milk.

This was a desert that really brought everyone back to their childhoods. Jp absolutely loved it! Seconds for almost everyone at the table. Maybe we don’t see it that much on today’s menus because it was probably something our parents were used to having growing up. I threw in one extra thing because I had it on hand and that was the basil syrup. That is definitely optional! Here is the recipe I hope you enjoy it!

Tapioca pudding

1 1/2 cup (1 can) coconut milk

3/4 cup milk

1/4 scant cup sugar

1/2 vanilla bean

2 tsp nutmeg

2 egg yolks

1/3 cup tapioca

1/2 cup water

Soak for 30 min

2 egg whites

1/4 scant cup sugar

1/4 tsp of salt

Basil syrup

3/4 cup of simple syrup

2 oz of basil leaves

For the syrup,

simply place both ingredients into a vitamix and puree until smooth. Strain out if desired. Set aside and keep cool.

To finish
In a sauce pot add water and tapioca and soak for 30 minutes ( if any water still hasn’t been absorbed, don’t strain off). Then add milks, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg yolks, vanilla bean, 1 tsp of nutmeg to the pot of tapioca and turn on medium heat. Stir and continue to stir often so the eggs don’t scramble. Simmer lightly for 15 minutes until it thickens. Meanwhile, beat egg whites with remaining 1/4 cup sugar until soft peaks form. Fold about 3/4 cup of hot tapioca into the egg whites, then gently fold mixture back into saucepan. Stir over low heat for about 3 minutes. Serve immediately hot or Cool and chill if serving cold. Finish with more fresh nutmeg on top and basil syrup if desired. Serve and enjoy!