December 24, 2012 • Category: Dessert
Rushing to get things done on Christmas Eve and I want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season!
This ice-cream came from a deli in Beirut that has been around since 1955 called Aziz. It is called knefeh ice-cream; had a quick chat with the chef who invented it, Chef Jihad Nohra.
Well I did not get the recipe but I can tell you it tasted like sahlab.
Here’s what I would do: get some sahlab mix from a Middle-Eastern grocer or the real thing from Beirut or the Istanbul bazaar. Make some custard as you would for regular vanilla ice-cream, add some sahlab powder, a touch of rose water or orange blossom or both (of you like), and I am pretty certain you could reproduce this ice-cream. Garnish with lightly toasted sesame seeds. Sorry I can’t give you a tested recipe today! (coming later).
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Mmmmm, this sounds awesome. Please if you try and make it, can you share the recipe with us?
Thank you in advance and happy holidays!
On December 24, 2012 at 9:28 am
Belinda @zomppa says:
Ooh what’s not to like about this sweet. Great recipe.
On December 24, 2012 at 10:12 am
Hope you have a wonderful Christmas!
On December 24, 2012 at 11:00 am
I get so inspired by the wonderful new tastes I am introduced to when I visit here. Merry Christmas my friend. XOGREG
On December 24, 2012 at 11:15 am
jason argon says:
IF YOU CAN FIND MASTIC OF CHIOS OR ITS ESSENTIAL OIL THEN YOU HAVE THE CONSTANTINOPOLITE VERSION OF THIS ICE CREAM EWE’S MILK IS USED IN OUR PLACE AND HERE IN OUR MOUNTAINS YOU CAN FIND THE SAHLAB BULB.YOU ARE UNIQUE!! BEST WISHES !!!
On December 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm
@Jason: I almost added mastic to the ice-cream; here in Lebanon, milk ice-cream has some mastic in it and it adds that unmistakable perfume of the Chios mastic that I go nuts for! Best wishes to you too!
@Mira: I was thinking more along the lines of making a custard (with egg yolks) just like for vanilla ice-cream, but also adding the sahlab mix and maybe a few pebbles of mastic (ground with sugar) and some rose or orange blossom water (1 tsp) and see the result. Glad you tried it and liked it before.
On December 24, 2012 at 3:04 pm
On December 24, 2012 at 2:25 pm
I would love to taste it right now. Merry Christmas Joumana!
On December 24, 2012 at 5:43 pm
Daniela @ Foodrecipe says:
Wow, this is completely different ice cream! Wish I could taste it now.
On December 25, 2012 at 10:03 am
I have made that before, I was trying to replicate the Ashta ice cream. It was pretty darn good.. Like u said, prepare the sahlab, chill and freeze it in the ice cream maker. I garnished it with pistachios, but I can imagine the sesame seeds would make it taste like knefeh ice cream. Yumm!!
On December 25, 2012 at 1:24 pm
I hope you had a wonderful Christmas, Joumana. This ice cream looks unique and delicious!
On December 26, 2012 at 3:41 pm
hummm!! tu me donnes l’envie d’en faire!! joyeuses fêtes!!
On December 26, 2012 at 5:41 pm
Un intitulé de recette ” barbare ” pour nous ici, mais la glace est sublime on dirait la glace italienne….
On January 4, 2013 at 12:10 pm