Libum is a Roman food.
Some people say a Libum was an early form of cheesecake, but basically it was unleavened bread with cheese in it, or a baked cheeseball.
Larges ones were used for meals; smaller versions were often used as offerings to the household gods.
They were cooked on a hearth, covered with a clay dome called a "testo."
Our recipe for them comes from Cato's book, "De Agricultura."
Literature & Lore
"Libum are made in this manner. Crumble well 2 pounds of cheese in a mortar. Once well crumbled, mix in a pound of wheaten flour, or if you want a lighter libum, use half a pound of flour and mix well with the cheese. Add 1 egg, mix together well. Then make into bread (loaves), and bake slowly sitting on (bay) leaves covered with a clay pot (dome)".
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