[Sca-cooks] Help - Mastic Gum

Craig Jones drakey at internode.on.net
Fri Mar 14 23:24:42 PDT 2008

If it's what I think it is, I have that in my local Greek Grocers...

It's mastic flavoured Fondant (as in sugar stuff you place on the outside of
cake)... However, I think the Greeks put it INSIDE pastry but I'm probably
wrong on the last point...

Drakey - with Cracked Rib - Don't ask... 

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[mailto:sca-cooks-bounces at lists.ansteorra.org] On Behalf Of Elaine Koogler
Sent: Friday, 14 March 2008 11:13 PM
To: Cooks within the SCA
Subject: Re: [Sca-cooks] Help - Mastic Gum

I have an additional question.  I needed mastic for a dish I prepared last
year for my ME feast.  I found what was labeled as mastic at a ME
store...but not like anything I had ever seen as mastic previously.  It's a
fairly large jar of a white, thick syrupy type of stuff. What is this stuff?


On Fri, Mar 14, 2008 at 12:44 AM, Cassandra Baldassano <euriol at ptd.net>

> While working on the Byzatine Bread recipe, I did get my hands on some
> mastic. The first batch I made with it a couple of weeks ago came out good
> and I found my little spice grinder (coffee grinder) worked well reducing
> it
> to a powder. So tonight I go to fetch the small bottle of mastic, and
> found
> the powder had compacted and it was essentially a hard glob. I manage to
> get
> out enough for my recipe and I thought to myself, "I wonder if this
> dissolves in hot water". What I found was the _gum_ properties of the
> mastic
> instead and no hint of it dissolving in the water. Well now I got a glass
> bowl and a table knife with the mastic stuck very well to it. *urgs* Any
> ideas on how to clean up this mess?
> Euriol
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