While many consider flan the quintessential Latin-American dessert, the first recipes actually hail from Ancient Rome, nearly two thousand years ago. The Romans were the first to domesticate chickens, and needed ways to use up this egg surplus. Borrowing a bit of cooking wisdom from their Greek neighbors, they created new egg-based recipes, including this dessert, which means “flat cake” in Latin.The Romans often served it as a savory dish; one particular delicacy was eel flan. (Yes, eel.) However, a recipe for a sweet honey-flavored one has been recorded. (Details on next page).