Libum (Ancient Roman Cheesecake)







Libum was a sacrificial cake offered to the household spirits, but the Romans ate it as well!

The following recipe is from the book De Agri Cultura by Cato, who was a consul, statesman, and soldier. I'm sure he got the recipe from his cook.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup plain all-purpose flour

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese

  • 1 egg, beaten

  • bay leaves

  • 1/2 cup clear honey

Instructions

  1. Sift the flour in a mixing bowl.

  2. Beat the cheese until soft, stir into the flour.

  3. Add the beaten egg to the flour/cheese mixture, forming a soft dough.

  4. Divide the dough into four and shape each piece into a bun.

  5. Place on a greased baking tray with a fresh bay leaf underneath.

  6. Heat the oven to 375F/190C. Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden brown.

  7. Warm the honey, pour into a flat plate, and place the buns on it to rest until the honey is absorbed.




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