FIGGY PEARL TAPIOCA PUDDING
This recipe was handed down my Grandma Ladner from her mother, Barbara Jane Smith Gross. That's as far back as I know, but I'd bet it came to Great Grandma from her mother, and so on.
Grandma only made this at Christmas. ("Oh bring us some Figgy Pudding, and bring it right here!") I've always wondered if it was too expensive to be made more often..?? Anyway, here is the recipe as promised.
~Submitted by Barb Ruhlman, of Disputate, VA
(previously of Warren, PA)
2/3 cup pearl tapioca
3 cups cold water
2/3 cup diced (dried) figs (remove any stems)
1 1/4 light brown sugar (not packed)
2/3 cup chopped walnut meats
1 tsp vanilla
Soak tapioca in water overnight; in morning add sugar, figs and walnuts. Steam covered for one hour over low heat in a double boiler. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and turn into a serving dish. Refrigerate until firm.
Serve plain or with whipped cream.