Mother's Day Sandwich Brunch
Of course, the sandwich makes the meal, and what could be better than Turkey with Mango Mayo Croissants? They are easy to make the day before and store in individual plastic bags or on a covered tray. When I get a large tray of sandwiches, veggies, or cookies at the store, I wash the empty tray and save it for occasions like this. Add one or two delicious salads, that are also simply made the day before, and your meal is starting to come together.
A pitcher of orange juice with a bit of the bubbly added makes a terrific drink choice. Carbonation can be found in Champagne, sparkling cider, lemon-lime soda, or ginger ale. You choose the bubbles that tickle your fancy.
Finish your menu with an old-fashioned dessert with a new twist. Make parfait desserts with homemade tapioca pudding. Just follow the tapioca recipe below and layer fruits into the glasses with the tapioca. I like using freshly sliced strawberries and pineapple chunks canned in heavy syrup. If you don't want to pour the syrup down the drain, add it to the orange juice drink.
This recipe makes eight servings of one-half cup each. We adore fluffy tapioca, so I like to double this recipe. Our family enjoys having a cup of tapioca at a time with some left over for parfaits! The large amount of milk in the doubled recipe took a long time to boil. It took about an hour and fifteen minutes to cook the tapioca, while stirring constantly. My trusty Kindle served me well. I propped it up on the counter and read while I stirred!
Fluffy Tapioca Pudding Recipe
4 cups whole milk (I like the richness of whole milk.)
¼ cup + 1 tablespoon of quick cooking tapioca
½ cup white granulated sugar with 2 tablespoons reserved
3 egg yolks
¼ teaspoon of salt
1-2 teaspoons good quality vanilla
3 egg whites
In a heavy pan, combine the milk, tapioca and sugar. Be sure to reserve 2 tablespoons of sugar to beat into the egg whites. Let it sit for 5 minutes. This helps the tapioca to soften. In a small bowl or cup, add about ¼ cup of the tapioca mixture milk to the egg yolks and blend thoroughly. Add the egg yolks and salt into the milk, tapioca and sugar. Heat the mixture over medium-low heat for about 15 minutes, stirring constantly with a pancake turner spatula. Lower the temperature to low and continue stirring constantly, scraping the bottom so that the mixture does not stick and burn. Bring the mixture to a boil while cooking over low heat. When the mixture boils around the edges, continue simmering for two more minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the vanilla.
In a medium bowl, beat the egg whites on high until they start to form peaks. Sprinkle the 2 tablespoons of sugar over the whites and continue beating until stiff peaks form.
Combining the tapioca and beaten egg whites gives the fluffy texture. There are recipes that give long and complicated directions for combining the beaten egg whites and tapioca. The whisk works well, and is easy to do. Slowly whisk in 1/3 of the beaten egg whites by hand to the warm tapioca. When these are incorporated, slowly whisk in the remaining beaten egg whites. When all of the egg whites have been incorporated into the tapioca, use the spatula to fold the fluffy tapioca mixture until it is homogeneous. It doesn't hurt to have pockets of fluffy egg white, but our family enjoys it more when it is thoroughly mixed. Do not overmix, since you want the tapioca to be fluffy. Transfer the fluffy tapioca to a large bowl and cover it. Refrigerate until it is chilled. Enjoy licking the pan!
Fluffy Tapioca Parfait Recipe
Fresh ripe strawberries
Pineapple chunks in heavy syrup-thoroughly drained
Fluffy Tapioca Pudding
In a parfait cup, or any cup of your choice, thinly slice strawberries to cover the bottom of the cup. Add tapioca to cover the strawberries. Top the tapioca with pineapple chunks. Cover the pineapple with tapioca. Place a few slices of strawberries on top and garnish the parfait with whipped cream.
The Related links below have the recipes for the sandwiches and some salads. None of them are difficult to make, yet each is a tasty treat. The largest investment in time is stirring the tapioca as it cooks. If you must use a shortcut, Kozy Shack makes an acceptable ready-made tapioca pudding. It doesn't have the same delicate flavor or texture as homemade tapioca, but it is made with simple ingredients and tastes like real pudding. Certainly, you could also serve cookies and ice cream, if finding the time to make tapioca is a problem.
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