Tapioca With Stewed Apples & Apricots Recipe

A healthy dessert from British model and cookbook author Sophie Dahl.


1/2 cup tapioca (soaked overnight in plenty of water)
1-1/3 cups milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp butter, plus more as needed
2 tbsp runny honey, agave nectar, or brown sugar

Apples & Apricots
12 dried apricots (like the tapioca, soaked overnight, but in about 1 cup orange juice)
1 cup or so water
1 cinnamon stick
A few tbsp of orange juice
1 tbsp agave nectar or honey
2 eating apples, peeled, cored, and sliced


Step 1: Having soaked the tapioca overnight, drain and place it in a saucepan with the milk, vanilla extract, and butter. Bring to a boil, turn to low, and simmer, stirring in the honey, agave, or sugar, for another 10 minutes.

Step 2: Cut your overnight magically plumped apricots into halves or quarters, if desired. In another saucepan, place the water, cinnamon, orange juice, agave or honey and apples and bring to a boil, giving it a good stir now and then. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes, or until the apples are tender.

Step 3: Now, here you can do one of two things. Serve the stewed fruit as is on top of the tapioca or put the tapioca in a small ovenproof dish with another tbsp of butter, pour the apples and apricots on top, and bake at 350°F for 15 or so minutes. The choice is yours.

See more recipes from Sophie Dahl.

Reprinted with permission from Sophie Dahl’s Very Fond of Food (2012 Ten Speed Press).