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booza lebanese milk ice scream

Milk Ice Cream Booza


Milk Ice Cream Booza is full of fragrant flavor and will take you back to the days without any worries.

This recipe was adapted from Hadia’s Lebanese Cuisine’s recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups of powdered milk
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 grams Mastic granules
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 tablespoon Sahlab powder
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater
  • 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
  • Raw pistachios, crushed (optional)


  1. With a mortar and pestle, gently crush the Mastic granules with a bit of sugar. The desired consistency should be very fine (see notes below.
  2. In a medium saucepan, add the powdered milk, water, heavy cream, crushed mastic, sugar, cornstarch and Sahlab powder. Over medium heat, whisk continuously and bring to a gentle boil. This should take about 15 minutes. The mixture should be thickened a bit. Make sure you watch closely so mixture doesn’t overflow.
  3. Remove from heat, add the rosewater, vanilla extract, stir well and set aside to cool down completely.
  4. Place a piece of wax paper on top of the mixture to prevent a skin from forming. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  5. Thoroughly whisk the refrigerated mixture, transfer to an ice cream maker and follow the manufacturer’s instructions. This should take about 30 minutes.
  6. Add to an ice cream container and freeze for a minimum of 5 hours or overnight.
  7. When serving, sprinkle some crushed raw pistachios on top of the ice cream, if desired, and enjoy!


  • Grinding the Mastic: Add a bit of sugar to the Mastic granules and crush them in a pestle and mortar. You want a fine powdery consistency, not a sticky mess. Adding sugar to them while crushing with a pestle and mortar is key to ensure that they don’t stick. If they form a thin sticky layer at the bottom, separate them with your fingers as you would when sprinkling a pinch of sugar by hand.
  • Ice Cream Maker: Ensure to leave the ice cream tub in the freezer a day before making the ice cream, according to manufacturer’s instructions. Also, ensure you turn it on prior to pouring in the mixture from step#5 per the manufacturer’s instructions.

Keywords: Booza, Lebanese, Ice Cream


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