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.
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)
- Preheat your oven to 350°F.
- Grease a muffin tin or tart mold with butter or oil.
- 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.
- Press the pastry circles into each hole of your baking tin.
- 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.
- Place the ricotta/honey mixture into each tart.
- Bake approximately 15minutes until golden brown. (If using pre-purchased pastry dough, look at the suggested baking time on the package.)
- 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…