Sago pudding with poached blackberries and almond crisps

Preparation time

Cooking time
10 to 30 mins

Serves 2


Sago is a starch taken from the center of sago palm stems. Sago has similarities to tapioca, including its look, taste, and feel. However, sago is not tapioca, which comes from a different plant. You can, however, substitute tapioca for sago in this and many other recipes.

By Matt Tebbutt


For the sago pudding

  • 130g/4½oz sago
  • 750ml /1¼ pint whole milk
  • 25g/1oz salted butter
  • 1 vanilla pod, split
  • 1 lemon, zest only
  • 80g/3oz caster sugar
  • 2 free-range egg yolks, beaten
  • 50ml/2fl oz mascarpone

For the poached blackberries

  • 150g/5oz blackberries
  • 50ml/2fl oz cassis
  • 4 mint sprigs

For the almond crisps

  • 130g/4½oz flaked almonds
  • 90g/3¼oz caster sugar
  • 90g/3¼oz salted butter
  • 90g/3¼oz glucose syrup