Mastiha in cooking
Mastiha's flavor is something hard to describe. It's very aromatic and when used in cooking it many times adds a sweetness to the recipe. Only a small amount needs to be used for a rich, sweet flavor that is addictive. If you've ever tried Ouzo, you have tasted a bit of Mastiha with a kick! Mastiha is used to flavor Ouzo.
Here's a recipe for Loukoumia: A Greek style Turkish Delight.
The name 'Turkish Delight' is attributed to an English traveller in the 19th century who shipped some of the sweet back to Britain under this name.This Greek version uses 'mastiha' resin.
2 cups of cornflour
1/3 cup of gelatine
3 cups of water
6 cups of sugar
1/cup of chopped toasted almonds
1 tbspn mastiha gum
icing sugar to dust
Ground the mastiha gum with a morter and pestle. Place sugar, water, cornflour and mastiha on to boil. Stir over high heat until boiling. (Electric beaters are best used.) Lower heat and simmer to thicken and becomes transparent. Add almonds. Pour mixture into a tray lined with sieved icing sugar. Using a sieve, cover the top with more icing sugar. Place in the fridge and let set overnight. Cut into cubes and dust all sides with icing sugar.
Serving Suggestion: Serve with coffee or iced water