There was no hiding my disappointment with the Placenta recipe - this was supposed to be a dish worthy of the gods themselves. Instead, I ate enough to be able to write about it, and sacrificed the rest to a god called 'the bin'. Knowing that it could be done better, I decided to give it another go. Just to see how good it might be, I've abandoned the pastry-making process and used some shop-bought filo pastry. The benefits are that:
a) I have something to try and replicate with my own pastry making.
b) it makes it more accessible to you, the reader.
We will soon revisit Roman pastry in a bid to perfect it for future recipes.
The results were fantastic, with the crisp outer pastry complimenting the oh-so-indulgent creamy honey-cheese insides. It was also filling, without being stodgy. It is with a watering mouth that I introduce you to this recipe - now with measurements and timings!
- 270g Filo Pastry
- 250g Ricotta Cheese
- Lots of Honey
- Dried Bay Leaves
- Olive Oil
- Put all of the Ricotta into a bowl, and add as much honey as you'd like. Taste it as you go along until you've reached perfection. I added about 5 tbsps.
- The Filo, when bought, should come in folded sheets. Take 3 or 4 full sheets for your outer crust. Then fold what is left in half, and cut into rectangles 2 or 3 sheets thick. These rectangles will create the layers inside the placenta, taking the place of the tracta, so size them accordingly.
- Oil whatever tray or dish you plan to bake this on, and arrange enough oiled bay leaves to form your base. Place the crust layer of Filo on top of this, and one of the Filo rectangles in the middle of that.
- On top of this rectangle, spoon the cheese/honey mixture. Place another Filo rectangle on top of that, and continue until the cheese is gone, or until you wish to stop.
- Fold the outer crust over the top, chopping off any excess. Decorate with an oiled bay leaf, and place into a cold oven at 150 Celsius. We are NOT covering the placenta this time, as we want the pastry to be crisp. Cook for 45 minutes.
- Serve, love, and enjoy!