Tapioca with peaches and mint

Total time: 1 hour, 15 minutes, plus 1 hour standing time and 24 hours soaking time

Servings: 6

Note: From Danielle Keene, Wilshire Restaurant. Large tapioca pearls are available at select Whole Foods (Islands brand) and well-stocked supermarkets. This recipe calls for soaking the tapioca for 24 hours.

Citrus macerated peaches 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest (about 1/2 lemon)

1/2 teaspoon orange zest (about 1/2 orange)

3 tablespoons fresh orange juice (about 1/2 orange)

3 tablespoons sugar

1 tablespoon white wine

6 large mint leaves, sliced

thinly in a chiffonade

2 cups thinly sliced ( 1/4-inch) ripe yellow peaches, peeled and pitted (about 2 peaches)

1. In a medium bowl, combine the lemon and orange zest, orange juice, sugar, white wine and mint. Add the peaches. Let sit 1 hour until the sugar is dissolved and the peaches have softened slightly. Remove the peaches, reserving the liquid, and refrigerate them until ready to serve.

2. Pour the liquid into a small saucepan and simmer, over low heat, until the liquid has a syrup consistency and is slightly reduced, about 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature before serving.

Tapioca pudding and assembly

1/2 cup large tapioca pearls

2 3/4 cups whole milk, divided

1/2 vanilla bean, split and scraped

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar

3/4 cup heavy whipping cream

1. Soak the tapioca for 24 hours in 1 cup of the milk, in the refrigerator.

2. In a medium saucepan, combine the tapioca-milk mixture with the remaining milk, vanilla bean and sugar. Heat to simmering then cook on medium-low, stirring constantly, for 15 to 20 minutes, or until thickened and the tapioca is cooked through (taste a tapioca pearl — it should not be at all crunchy). Discard the vanilla bean.

3. Remove the mixture from the heat and pour it into a bowl set over an ice bath. Place plastic wrap directly onto the pudding surface and let stand until chilled.

4. Whip the cream to medium-soft peaks and gently fold it into the pudding mixture. Refrigerate until completely chilled. To serve, spoon the pudding into bowls. Top with the chilled sliced peaches and spoon the syrup on top of and around the peaches.

Each serving: 315 calories; 5 grams protein; 42 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram fiber; 15 grams fat; 9 grams saturated fat; 52 mg. cholesterol; 56 mg. sodium.

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