Tapioca Pudding Parfaits

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Creamy pudding is layered with fruit preserves, caramel sauce or chocolate sauce and topped with nuts, chocolate pieces or spices. It is a great kid-friendly dessert that can even be presented elegantly for an adult dinner. From the December 2004 issue of Country Living. Cook time does not include chill time.

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  • add   3/4 cup chocolate syrup or caramel sauce or fruit preserves
  • add   1/4 cup nuts or decorative candies or chocolate pieces
  • add   3 1/2 cups milk
  • add   3 egg yolks
  • add   1/3 cup sugar
  • add   4 tablespoons dry tapioca

Instructions

  1. Fill a large bowl with ice water and set aside.
  2. Mix the sugar, tapioca, milk and egg yolks together in a medium saucepan.
  3. Cook on medium-high heat, stirring constantly, until mixture comes to a full boil.
  4. Remove from heat, transfer the pudding to a medium bowl, and set in the ice bath.
  5. Chill for at least 1 hour or until pudding cools completely.
  6. To prepare the parfaits: place 3 tablespoons tapioca in a small parfait glass.
  7. Spread one tablespoon of sauce or preserves over the tapioca.
  8. Top with 3 more tablespoons tapioca and 1 more tablespoon sauce or preserves.
  9. Finish with a final layer of 2 tablespoons tapioca.
  10. Repeat with 5 more parfait dishes and garnish with nuts, candies, chocolate pieces, or a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.