Tapioca is derived from the Cassava root. A root vegetable.
If you are unfamiliar with this special starch or flour you better get on the information train.
One of the biggest benefits for my readers is that it is a Gluten-Free option that many are looking for to substitute for it’s glutenous counterparts. Whether you are looking for a substitute due to medical reasons or are looking for an option that promotes anti-inflammatory and digestive properties you can try this flour out for yourself (Siete).
Used for baking, and a thickener in recipes it is a great option. Unless you are familiar with the gluten free lifestyle you might not realize what a true gem this is.
According to Nyerhovwo John Tonukari the Editor of African Journal of Biotechnology Tapioca is an option that is used just like corn, rice, or wheat, that it can also provide a large portion of daily calories (2004).
There are a few items that are already on the mass market that are made with Tapioca Flour: Tapioca Pudding and Bubble Tea among other things.
I actually have a woman who comes in regularly and buys me out of my Yucca Root (Cassava). She makes a Yucca Cake, uses them in place of potatoes in stews and soups. I’ve also been told about Empenadas using the Yucca as a filling. So Besides the actual flour incorporating Yucca as a vegetable may be something to consider.
Now to my point…
I noticed how often my recipe for Tapioca Brownies was viewed and by far my most looked at recipe. In the coming weeks I will be showcasing a few recipes that use Tapioca Flour.
I will be trying several recipes out
The Brazilian Cheese Roll called Pao de Queijo (these I have actually tried, which were made by a native of Brazilian who had a gluten-free baking business) I will attempt to make them myself.
Crespelles (Italian Crepes) with a ricotta and spinach filling
Chocolate Brownie Cookies
I am looking to amp up this blog with a myriad of options.
If you are looking to purchase Tapioca Flour/Starch I would recommend any Asian Grocery in order not to spend your whole budget on items that you may really need to eat the lifestyle you prefer or require.
I have had a lot of people ask me how my cupcakes come out all alike. Simple, portioning.
Scoop, my favorite item from Pampered Chef, Great for Cookies, Cupcakes etc
I utilize ice cream scoops, Scoopers like above to provide even portions in each cupcake, mini cupcake, cookie, that I do. Unfortunately, the above scooper, my favorite one, broke. Pampered Chef sells this one, as well as 2 larger sizes. This one above is great for the mini cupcakes, mini cheesecake, mini cookies. Apparently, I am too rough with my kitchen stuff.
But if you are wondering if these work, yes they do!
If you are interested in a product like this my very good friend Stephani is a representative for Pampered Chef: