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    Modern Roman Libum Recipe or Roman Cheesecake

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    40 mins

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    Chef #208121's Note:

    From a Taste of Ancient Rome. They call it a cheesecake. It is actually more like a cheese bun/cake with honey on it. From Cato. This is a a sacrificial cake sometimes offered to household spirits when the Romans honored them. Do not think Modern cheesecake. It isn't a thing like it.

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Sift the flour into a bowl. Beat the cheese until it's soft and stir it into the flour along with the egg.
    2. 2
      Form a soft dough and divide into 4.
    3. 3
      Mold each one into a bun and place them on a greased baking tray with a fresh bay leaf underneath.
    4. 4
      Heat the oven to 425°F Cover the cakes [see note on this] and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden-brown.
    5. 5
      Warm the honey and place the warm cakes in it so that they absorb it. Allow to stand 30 minutes before serving.
    6. 6
      NOTE: The Romans often covered their food while it was cooking with a domed earthenware cover called a testo. You can use an overturned, shallow clay pot, a metal bowl, or casserole dish as a brick.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 25, 2009

      35

      We thought it would be fun to try a historical recipe. They were okay. They were very dense, and did not really absorb the honey well, leaving them a bit bland.

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    • on September 17, 2007

      45

      My eight year old son is very interested in Roman history after studying it in England. So we decided to try these. Very easy to make . They looked beautiful when they came out. Very moist and held together lovely. My four year old loves honey and really enjoyed them. My son also loved them- delicious; he eat them wearing a toga! I thought they were scrummy!!

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    Nutritional Facts for Modern Roman Libum Recipe or Roman Cheesecake

    Serving Size: 1 (145 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 363.6
     
    Calories from Fat 82
    22%
    Total Fat 9.2 g
    14%
    Saturated Fat 5.3 g
    26%
    Cholesterol 82.9 mg
    27%
    Sodium 69.4 mg
    2%
    Total Carbohydrate 60.6 g
    20%
    Dietary Fiber 0.9 g
    3%
    Sugars 35.1 g
    140%
    Protein 11.5 g
    23%

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