A really cream delicious treat. A half cup serving is about 105 calories. Enjoy with fruit for a delicious dessert.
1 cup small pearl tapioca
2 cups water
1 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons vanilla
5 cups milk, 2%
Pour into large pot. Add 5 cups of milk and the salt. Stir regularly over a medium heat. Meanwhile, whisk eggs with sugar until the yellow lightens. Set aside. Towards the end continue to stir so it does not burn on the bottom. When it begins to boil, temper the eggs. Pour a ladle of the hot tapioca mixture into the eggs, whisk quickly. Then stir into the large pot of tapioca. Simmer for five minutes**.
I like to pour it into jelly jars. I place the lids on right away. This way I do not have to put plastic on it. Though my one daughter likes the 'skin' on top.
*Many people beat the egg whites until peaks form and fold it into the tapioca at the end of the cooking time. I haven't tried this but if you have let me know what you think of egg whites vs. no egg whites.