Tapioca dessert with mango (Pavê de tapioca)

Pavê is a traditional dessert from Brazil, which usually does not involve any baking or heating up. Here is a nice and refreshing dessert with tapioca, mango and fruits; making this dessert will require 12 hours of refrigerating, so some planning ahead is required - but much worth the effort!

Tapioca is a starch ingredient derived from the cassava root, and it was shown to the Portuguese by the Tupi indigenous peoples who occupied Brazil before colonial times. The granulated tapioca used in desserts is derived from tapioca flour, having gone through a certain process to turn it into flakes, then into granules.

Making Pavê de tapioca

* 1 cup (125 g.) granulated tapioca
* 2 chopped mangoes
* 1 cup seedless green grapes, chopped
* 1/2 cup purple grape without seeds chopped
* 2 red apples chopped
* 1 and 1/2 cup (400 ml.) whole milk
* 1 cup (250 ml.) coconut milk
* 1 can (250 ml.) condensed milk


1) Prepare all the fruits by chopping them up: mix all the chopped fruits in a bowl, except one whole mango, and set aside.

2) Heat up the milk, almost to a boil. When the milk is hot, in another bowl, mix the granulated tapioca with the hot milk, and leave this for about 5 minutes.

3) Add the coconut milk and the condensed milk and soak for about 30 minutes.

4) In a medium sized square pan about 8 inches, (20 cm), pour the tapioca as the bottom layer, then the chopped fruits layer, and lastly the top tapioca layer. Refrigerate for 30 minutes.

5) The finishing touch, the mango icing on top: using a blender, blend the other mango to a puree and spread over the top layer. Cover the pan with plastic film and refrigerate for about 12 hours.

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