Chilled Blackberry, Red Wine and Pearl Tapioca Puddings

, from Issue #34. September, 2015
Photography by Manja Wachsmuth.
Chilled Blackberry, Red Wine and Pearl Tapioca Puddings

Tapioca comes in two sizes. I have used the smaller pearl tapioca for this recipe and it turns a deep shade of purple when cooked with the fruit

Serves: 4


500 grams blackberries, fresh or frozen, thawed with their juices
1 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
¼ cup caster sugar
½ cup red wine
2 teaspoons finely grated orange zest
1/3 cup pearl tapioca

To serve

4 x 100 ml glasses


Put the blackberries and water in a food processor and blend until smooth. Strain through a fine sieve into a saucepan, pressing on the fruit until only the seeds remain. Discard the seeds.

Add the vanilla, sugar, wine and orange zest and bring to the boil, stirring to dissolve the sugar. Rain in the tapioca and cook over a very low heat for 25-30 minutes until the tapioca is tender and the mixture is thick, stirring frequently to ensure it doesn’t catch on the base of the saucepan. A simmer mat is ideal for this. Pour into the glasses and cool. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.

Pour a thin layer of cream over the top of each pudding just before serving.