Modern Roman Libum Recipe or Roman Cheesecake

Total Time
40mins
Prep 0 mins
Cook 40 mins

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.

Directions

  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. Form a soft dough and divide into 4.
  3. Mold each one into a bun and place them on a greased baking tray with a fresh bay leaf underneath.
  4. Heat the oven to 425°F Cover the cakes [see note on this] and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden-brown.
  5. Warm the honey and place the warm cakes in it so that they absorb it. Allow to stand 30 minutes before serving.
  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.
Most Helpful

3 5

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.

4 5

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!!