Modern Roman Libum Recipe or Roman Cheesecake

Total Time
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.


  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

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.

pansregnig December 25, 2009

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!!

cardamomstars September 17, 2007