This honey sweetened cheesecake is made with eggs and ricotta cheese and flavoured with orange zest, lemon juice and bay leaves. If you're planning a toga party or just want a taste of ancient Rome, this is an authentic version of an ancient Roman cheese cake. Can be served either warm or cold.
Just made this and whilst the end result is good it's made a mess of the oven. Grateful for advise on whether to use set or running honey (I used the latter) and whether the cake tin should be lined and or greased? Thanks J - 24 Mar 2013
tastes good, but is pretty flat, difficult to turn out, bay leaves do get into the 'cake' and are difficult to remove before serving (even though I used a lakeland 'pushpan'. Perhaps do in small ramekins next time and serve like that without turning out. - 24 Nov 2013
this recipe is ok as a twist on modern cheesecake, it uses unique ingredients yet still tastes familiar enough to be what we consider a 'cheesecake'. it's not delicious, but it's ok. it is also not what it claims to be. this recipe is a heavily altered combination of two recipes mentioned in ancient texts. the reason i am rating it so low for an ok cheesecake is because most, if not all, people looking for this recipe are going to be making it because they think it's 'authentic ancient roman', which it isnt, although the explanation claims it is. it's only real claim is that it's touted as an ancient recipe, so people will make it for things like toga parties. the cheesecake itself is mediocre at best. it is not as sweet as what we consider cheesecake to be, and the bay leaves impart a slightly odd flavor. the romans didn't have citrus fruit until the 4th century ad, and it is disputed if they had it at all. savillum and the other recipe this stems from, libum, were from texts by Cato the elder, about 500 years before that. it was probably added to this recipe to suit our tastes, as cheesecake is often made with lemon. savillum also did not use bay leaves, there was a different recipe for cheese buns (unsweetened) that were placed on bay leaves to bake before they were soaked in honey after baking. - 14 Apr 2011 (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)