Modern Roman Libum Recipe or Roman Cheesecake
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.
- Ready In:
- Sift the flour into a bowl. Beat the cheese until it's soft and stir it into the flour along with the egg.
- Form a soft dough and divide into 4.
- Mold each one into a bun and place them on a greased baking tray with a fresh bay leaf underneath.
- Heat the oven to 425°F Cover the cakes [see note on this] and bake for 35-40 minutes until golden-brown.
- Warm the honey and place the warm cakes in it so that they absorb it. Allow to stand 30 minutes before serving.
- 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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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!!Reply