Eating animal-based dairy on Shavuot is a tradition that I am updating to meet my dietary preferences. I find ways to enjoy “creamy” foods for the holiday that work with my dietary needs by creating non-dairy dessert options like this delicious one.
Tapioca, made from cassava (yucca), is a comeback food. I asked my parents, aunts, and uncle...they all agreed that they enjoyed tapioca pudding in their youth.
Tapioca is a food that can be enjoyed by everyone from babyhood to old age. It is a gooey, creamy food eaten by the spoonful. The added rum-soaked raisins makes the dessert fancy and may remind you of rum raisin ice cream!
Equipment: medium strainer, medium saucpan, individual bowls for serving
- In a small bowl, combine the raisins and rum and set aside.
- Rinse the tapioca pearls in the strainer.
- Place tapioca in medium saucepan and add 3 cups of water. Soak the tapioca for 30 minutes. Do not drain after soaking.
- Add the coconut milk cream, sugar, rum-soaked raisins (and any remaining rum), and kosher salt.
- Cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, until mixture comes to a gentle boil. Simmer uncovered over very low heat for 10 to 15 minutes, stirring frequently until mixture is thick (it if becomes too thick, add a bit more water).
- Stir well.
- Pour into bowls.
Serve warm or chilled. Place plastic wrap on top of bowls.
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