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 below).
Fun Fact: In Roman times, it was considered to health food and believed to soothe the chest, aid the kidneys and liver, increase fertility, and reduce urinary tract infections.
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