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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Mastic Pudding

(Sakizli Muhallebi)

Mastic Pudding
4 + 1 cup 3.25% milk
1/2 cup cream, 35% (heavy cream)
3/4 cup sugar
1 tsp mastic, roll glass on the mastic to make it powdery (or use mortar)
3 tbsp rice flour
4 tbsp corn starch

Place 4 cups of milk, cream and sugar in a medium sized cooking pot. Melt the sugar over medium heat. Dissolve the corn starch and rice flour in 1 cup of milk and add into the pot. Then add the powdered mastic in it. Stir constantly for about 10 minutes to get it thick. Immediately pour into individual bowls. Let it cool down and sprinkle some pistachio on top. Keep it in the fridge before serving.

Ottoman Kitchen.

Makes 6 servings.

What is Mastic?
Wikipedia entry

Mastic gum or resin with the exquisite aroma is exuded from the bark of the mastic tree. Mastic is an evergreen shrub or small tree growing to 3–4 m tall, it is native throughout the Mediterranean and Aegean Sea region.

A hard, brittle, transparent resin, also known as mastic, is obtained from the tree. The resin is collected by bleeding from small cuts made in the bark. When chewed, the resin becomes bright white and opaque.

*Ottoman Kitchen

Mastic resin is a relatively expensive kind of spice, used in liquors (mastica alcoholic drink) and chewing gum pastilles. It is also a key ingredient in Turkish ice cream, and Turkish puddings granting that confection its unusual texture and bright whiteness. It was the Sultan's privilege to chew mastic, and it was considered to have healing properties. Mastic is also used for pastry making, drinks, baked goods, chewing gum, cosmetics such as toothpaste, and lotions for the hair and skin and perfumes. It is also used in preparation of Turkish Delight.

Mastic has also been found to have anti-microbial properties and virtues. It was used in the past to treat illnesses such as cancerous formations in the stomach, ulcer, abdominal pain and heartburn.

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13 Comments:

At 4:43 AM, Blogger labelga said...

Thank you very much Binnur, for these simple and useful explanations. I received mastic a few years ago from Egypt. I made ice cream with it, but used too much and the ice cream although great in taste, was too hard. How long can one keep it?

 
At 10:47 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Lablega,
You're very welcome:) I am sure the ice cream had great taste. But if you put too much it is hard to chew. A few years don't spoil mastic, you can still use it. Make sure it is well powdered:)

If you want to have more mastic taste, put 1 tbsp of mastic pieces
into a cheese cloth, wrap tight and soak into the milk and sugar
mixture at the beginning, leave it there about 8-10 minutes during
boiling over low heat. Take it out then add the corn starch and rice
flour in 1 cup of milk. The rest is the same:)
Take care,

 
At 1:10 PM, Blogger labelga said...

Thank you so much, Binnur! Really helpful all of this. Sorry I'm so late responsing, I've had a flu. Best wishes.

 
At 11:02 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Labelga,
You're very welcome:) Don't worry about anything, I am hoping that
you're well now, please take care of yourself:)
Best wishes,

 
At 2:19 PM, Blogger Estelle said...

Hi Binnur, I made these puddings but they had a bitter aftertaste I could not explain - I have had mastic desserts before and don't remember tasting any bitterness. Any clues why? I was thinking that my mastic was old but it seems that it keeps for ever.... Thanks for the recipe, though!

 
At 9:13 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Estelle,
If the taste is bitter, you might have used too much mastic. Mastic
has some bitterness but it shouldn't bother...actually it is the idea having this taste:) Give it another chance with freshly bought mastic, maybe the one you used is old. Please also check the other comments -
I wrote another way to use mastic to Labelega..it may be more
helpful:)

 
At 9:56 AM, Blogger Estelle said...

Thanks, Binnur! I also asked my mom and she said the same :) I am definitely giving it another try, I really like mastic! Have an excellent day :)

 
At 10:32 AM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Estelle,
I am so glad you are giving it another chance:)
I wish you the best:)

 
At 10:26 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Binnur,

I love this dessert but don't know where i can find mastic in the states. if you have any idea, i'd appreciate. thanks

 
At 10:55 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

You can find mastic at the Mediterranean stores in the states, I hope you are close to one of them.

 
At 8:12 PM, Blogger Beverly Kaye Gallery said...

Binnur:
I had a very light white pudding in a Mediterranean restaurant which they called Sariah. Do you have such a recipe? I cannot find one anywhere. I once worked in Istanbul for a month and was very well fed.
Many thanks!

 
At 1:44 PM, Blogger Binnur said...

Hi Beverly,
The name of Sariah is not familiar to me. It is not a Turkish name:)
Sevgilerimle,

 
At 1:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just made this for my boyfriend for Valentine's Day to remind us of our favorite Turkish treat from our vacation to Istanbul. The taste/ smell takes me right back! Thanks for sharing this recipe :)

Cheers!

 

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