Placenta cake

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For the temporary organ unique to Eutherian mammals, see Placenta.
Type Pie
Place of origin Roman empire
Main ingredients Flour and Semolina dough, cheese, honey, bay leaves
Cookbook:Placenta  Placenta

Placenta is a dish from ancient Rome consisting of dough layers interspersed with a mixture of cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves.[1][2] Cato included a recipe in his De Agri Cultura.[3] Its origin is the traditional Ancient Greek thin flat bread or cake, plakous (Greek: "πλακοῦς").[4][5] The Roman dish survived into the modern era as the Romanian plăcintă cake.


  1. ^ "American Pie". American Heritage. April–May 2006. Retrieved 2009-07-04. "The Romans refined the recipe, developing a delicacy known as placenta, a sheet of fine flour topped with cheese and honey and flavored with bay leaves." 
  2. ^ Around the Roman Table. University of Chicago Press. 2005. ISBN 0226233472. 
  3. ^ "Roman Recipes". Temple of Religio Romana. Retrieved 2009-07-04.  (includes recipe)
  4. ^ placenta, Charlton T. Lewis, Charles Short, A Latin Dictionary, on Perseus
  5. ^ πλακοῦς, Henry George Liddell, Robert Scott, A Greek-English Lexicon, on Perseus project