Tuesday, March 1, 2011

sago and blackberry pudding

tastes better then it looks !
we were bought up on tapioca
we called it fish eyes
or frog egg pudding
my dad is the king of tapioca pudding
plain, coconut or orange flavoured
he now cooks it to demand for the next generation
tapioca is often confused with sago
they come from two completely different plants
despite this, as an ingredient they are interchangeable

tapioca is a very old fashioned ingredient in australia
but a staple ingredient in asian cooking
its very hard to get hold of tapioca in tasmania
so we make do with sago

sago does make for a great autumn pudding
here is my recipe for a slow cooker

1 cup of dry sago
1 cup of cream
4 cups of milk
1 egg
1 tablespoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
a sprinkle of nutmeg
1 cup of fresh blackberries

add the whole lot to your slow cooker
mix together and place on a low heat
stir occasionally
cook until mixture sets and sago is soft throughout
takes between two and three hours

if you don't have a slow cooker 
place ingredients in an oven proof bowl
place bowl in a baking tray of warm water
place the tray and bowl in a slow oven for approx. 1 hour
 stir periodically
check regularly until sago is cooked through

serve on its own or with ice-cream
Cost it out - cheap feed !

                         Wgt Vol. $ Units  $/Units
cream 600mL 2.95 250  $    1.23
sago 375gm 1.37 150  $    0.55
milk 3000mL 3 1000  $    1.00
sugar 2000gm 2.75 25  $    0.03
blackberries 0 0 250  $        -  
vanilla essence 200mL 7.95 5  $    0.20

 $    3.01

serve five  $    0.60


  1. Way to go Lee! Cheap and cheerful AND a slow cooker recipe!

  2. Yowsers, haven't had sago pud for oooh, 30 years or more.......
    That's luxury having it with blackberries, we just 'ad it plain like. Probably why I never developed a great love for it. But wouldn't mind dipping my dessert spoon in that lot. Might have to give it a whirl one day when I fire up the wood stove.

    Claire :}

  3. YUM ! We used to call it "fish eyes" too :) And my Dad had a really lame song about "say-go!" !!!

  4. yumm I love sago pudding. Haven't made any in ages, but we will be having that tonight. Thanks for reminding me about it and for the slow cooker recipe.

    cheers Kate

  5. its a sign of autumn that the slow cooker is out again !

  6. I have never had sago or tapioca - always thought from reading about it, that is was bland

  7. I haven't had that since I was little and yes we called tapioca fish eyes and sago frogs eggs,lol. Will definitely be cooking some soon.

  8. Yum, I am going to give this a go! WE used to love tapioca as kids too, my dad's favourite that he passed on to us.