Use a 1-1/2- or 2-quart pan in which to mix together and heat the tapioca, milk and salt. Use medium heat and stir until boiling. Simmer 5 minutes uncovered at very low heat, adding the sugar gradually.
Beat the egg yolks in another bowl. Stir in a little of the hot tapioca at a time to get the temperatures matching so you won’t curdle the eggs. Put this tempered egg yolk mixture into the tapioca pan and stir.
Be very patient and slowly bring this mixture to a simmer, stirring constantly. This will give you a nice, thick pudding. Let cool, then stir in the vanilla.
Beat the egg whites until they form soft peaks. Fold these into the cooled pudding to make a nice pudding with a pleasing consistency.
Use a lot of salesmanship, like my dad did, and you’ll have your kids believing the pudding is really made with frog eyes. The story may gross them out, but that will mean more delicious pudding for you.
Have some safe fun this Halloween!
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