Ancient Roman Cheesecake


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This is an authentic version of an ancient Roman cheesecake known as a 'Savillum'. It is extremely different to the modern versions so be prepared.

Namaste Mama

Serves: 8 

  • 15 bay leaves
  • 3 eggs
  • 250g ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) honey
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup (60g) plain flour

Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:35min  ›  Ready in:45min 

  1. Preheat an oven to 220 degrees C. Pour some water into a small oven proof bowl and place into the oven. Arrange the bay leaves over the bottom of a springform pan to cover.
  2. Beat the eggs in a mixing bowl then mix in ricotta cheese, honey, orange zest and lemon juice.
  3. Sprinkle in the flour and stir until evenly combined. Gently pour the batter over the bay leaves, being careful not to disturb them too much.
  4. Bake in the preheated oven until browned; about 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. Run the tip of a knife around the edges of the pan and release from the springform pan. Invert onto a serving plate and serve warm or chilled.

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