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Kids In The Kitchen: Ancient Roman Honey Cakes

Want to try a taste of ancient Rome? Make these delicious honey cakes! They were, and still are, a very popular Roman sweet pastry. We can trace these cakes as far back as Cato the Elder – he wrote down the recipe for safekeeping.

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There are many different variations on this famous recipe. The original was a little more complicated (and less kid-friendly) than our recipe, but this one is a delicious alternative.


  • Short crust pastry roll (either homemade or pre-made/purchased)
  • Small container of ricotta cheese
  • 4-6 tablespoons of honey
  • Butter or oil
  • Flour (for rolling)
  1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
  1. Grease a muffin tin or tart mold with butter or oil.
  1. On a floured surface, roll out your pastry dough until it is nice and thin. Cut out circles using an upside down glass or pastry cutter.
  1. Press the pastry circles into each hole of your baking tin.
  1. In a small bowl, mix the honey into the ricotta cheese. Add more or less honey, based on your personal preferences. The amount in this recipe is a basic guideline. Start slow and add more until you reach desired taste.
  1. Place the ricotta/honey mixture into each tart.
  1. Bake approximately 15minutes until golden brown. (If using pre-purchased pastry dough, look at the suggested baking time on the package.)
  1. Drizzle with more honey before serving. Top with chopped nuts, fruit of any kind, fresh cream, or figs. Be creative!

These cakes make a great snack, dessert, or even breakfast treat! Enjoy…

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