Tapioca Flour, also known as tapioca starch, from Gourmet Imports, is a popular thickening agent ideal for desserts and baking because of its mildly sweet flavor.
Unlike tapioca pearls, which are a larger bead sized shape useful for making tapioca pudding, tapioca flour is a finely ground powder that resembles cornstarch or all-purpose flour. It is very smooth as a powder and is a useful thickener because it does not bring any scent or color to dishes it is added to. Additionally, unlike other thickeners, tapioca starch can be used in refrigerated and frozen dishes because it will not separate or coagulate when cold.
Tapioca starch is a useful thickener in sauces, pies, and soups. In pies, coating the fruit in tapioca prior to baking will result in a beautiful, gelatinized, fruit filled interior upon completion. In baking, tapioca flour adds structure and enhances texture in gluten-free baking, pancakes, biscuits, cakes, noodles, flatbreads, and more.
Tapioca is made from the starches of the roots of the cassava plant, grown in South America. It is gluten-free.
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