Do you want to know how to make tapioca pearls on your own? It’s easier than you might think. The ingredients are very simple and the main thing you need to cope with the task is patience. If you have enough patience, you will receive the perfect pearls. Let’s see how to make them!
Can I prepare tapioca pearls at home?
Surely, you can! You will need to perform only a few simple steps and you will have the pearls you want. You will be in the full control of the process, so you will be able to make them as soft or as chewy as you like. Finally, you are free to add any colors and tastes, it’s up to you to choose what every cup of your bubble tea will be like.
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Of course, such a delicacy will impress your guests more than anything else on your table. They will be delighted to find out that you’ve made these pearls with your own hands and right from scratch. The treat is definitely worth the efforts and you should never worry: you can make them, it’s easy!
What are tapioca pearls ingredients?
The products you will need are as follows:
- 9 teaspoons of tapioca starch (it’s also called tapioca flour but it’s basically the same)
- 3 teaspoons of water (the water must be literally boiling! This is the only way to create the necessary substance)
- 3 cups of water (for cooking in a saucepan)
- 1 cup of sugar (brown sugar is better)
As you can see, there’s nothing special and each of these ingredients can be found in either your kitchen or the nearest shop. Optionally, you can add some food flavoring or food colors to create multi-color bubbles. If you like it, you are free to choose whatever flavor you prefer.
Simple steps to prepare tapioca pearls from scratch
Now, you need to do everything very carefully and really quickly.
- Pour three cups of water into the saucepan and set it to boil
- When the water is boiling, take three teaspoons of this water into a separate bowl (a glass one works best of all) and immediately add the tapioca starch. It’s really important to do this while the water is still boiling to reach the necessary consistency of the dough
- When the starch is thrown into the water, start stirring it vigorously with a spoon to mix it to smoothness. When you see that the entire amount of starch is in and there’s no more water on the bottom, start kneading the dough with your fingers
- At this point, you may not be afraid that you will overdo with the kneading. The tapioca starch contains no gluten and the dough cannot be overworked
- In the meanwhile, add sugar to the boiling water and stir till it’s dissolved completely. Pour a part of the sugared water into a separate bowl because you will not need it now
Now, you need to know one typical mistake that can turn all your efforts into a mess. The water that’s used for the dough must be boiling. If it’s not hot enough, the substance will never acquire the necessary shape and firmness.
In the process of kneading, you might fee that the dough has become hard and dried out. This is not a problem. Several drops of water on the table and everything is fine again. On the other hand, in case you have added too much water and the dough starts sticking to your fingers and the cutting board, add a tiny bit of tapioca starch to regain the consistency.
After the dough is kneaded to smoothness, it’s time to start making tiny balls. The quickest way to cope with it and make your pearls of practically the same size all the way is cut the dough into pieces and then roll to form long thin sausages (something about 5mm wide in the diameter).
Take a very sharp knife and cut them into small pieces. Then, roll each piece so that they turn into small beads the size of a pea. You are free to give them any shape. If you are intended to surprise your guests with classic tapioca pearls for bubble tea, here you go.
In case you are searching for interesting mouth sensations, you can cut them into any shape you like. Squares, triangles, hearts, anything. The dough is firm enough to maintain the shape and you always have space for creativity.
Sometimes, it’s recommended to let the pearls dry a little. Some specialists offer waiting 2 to 4 hours until the dough gets completely dry and only then start cooking. It’s up to you, actually, your time and patience. If you don’t want to wait, you shouldn’t. The result will hardly differ much.
When this is done, pour the balls (or other shapes) into the boiling sugar syrup. They will drown to the bottom first, then they will rise, and then you will see that they are getting bigger. This is the moment when the waiting starts. The waiting depends on the texture of the pearls you want to receive and their actual size. In average, they are done in something between 10 and 25 minutes.
It’s important to check the readiness of the pearls every 3 to 5 minutes or so. Don’t forget to stir them all the time because the syrup may get very thick in the process of cooking and you will lose control over the pearls. As soon as they are the ready, remove them from the syrup. Now, take the bowl with the sugared water you have set aside at the very beginning and pour them into it. Then, let them cool down in the fridge.
You need to remember that even if the balls feel slightly overdone when you remove them from the syrup, it’s okay because they will regain firmness in the process of cooling down. The cooler they are, the thicker they will become. Never leave the pearls in the same liquid where they were cooked: due to the starch, it turns into a slimy mess and it’s not good for the pearls. The pure transparent syrup will do better for them.
Well, this is how to make tapioca pearls and make your guests sure you are a perfect cook. When you are cooking them for the first time, it’s better not to make the things more complicated by adding aromas, colors, and so on. Try the classic sugar ones and practice your hand. Later, you should feel free to create the pears of any kinds and with any available flavors.
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