A scoop of Lebanese booza ice cream on a white plate sprinkled with pistachios

Lebanese ice cream ( Booza)

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Lebanese, Mediterranean, Middle East
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
chilling time: 7 hours
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 14 servings
Calories: 232kcal
Author: Amira
Ever had Booza before? that stretchy and chewy Lebanese ice cream. This Arabic take on ice cream is full of intense flavors that will take you on a lifetime journey.
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  • 4 cup whole milk.
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch.
  • 1 cup sugar- or to taste.
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt.
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground mastic gum.
  • 2 cup heavy whipping cream.
  • Pistachios - depending on your taste


  • In a pot, add milk, sugar, salt and cornstarch mixing very well until there is no lumps left.**
  • Put the pot on medium heat, keep stirring until it starts to bubble.
  • Add the mastic powder, keep stirring, until it gets thick and creamy.
  • Turn off the heat, cover and let it cool down until it reaches room temperature.
  • Beat the whipping cream, until it reaches stiff peak.
  • Add the cornstarch mixture to the whipping cream, beat together until it comes to a smooth consistency.
  • You can add pistachios at this point or wait until serving time.
  • Pour into a freezer safe container, smooth top and freeze for 8 hour or until it is completely frozen.
  • *Scoop in ice cream bowls, sprinkle top with some more pistachios.
  • Enjoy



* Sometimes it gets harder in a couple of days, if this happens take it out for 45 minutes on the counter top, then beat with your hand mixer in the same freezer bowl, put it back in the freezer for an hour, it will come to a creamy texture again.
** Some People also add orange blossom and or rose water for more flavors.
Nutrition Facts
Lebanese ice cream ( Booza)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 232 Calories from Fat 134
% Daily Value*
Fat 14.9g23%
Carbohydrates 22.8g8%
Sugar 18.4g20%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 585IU12%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 14.9g | Sugar: 18.4g | Vitamin A: 585IU | Vitamin C: 1.2mg

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