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Sweet Fritters
(Globos sic facito or "Globi")

Globi and pear patina

Marcus Cato: De Agricultura 79

This is a recipe for sweet fritters (globi). Make them with flour and ricotta and fry them in lard, as is the traditional method.

Original recipe: Globos sic facito. Caseum cum alica ad eundem modum misceto. Inde quantos voles facere facito. In ahenum caldum unguen indito. Singulos aut binos coquito versa-toque crebro duabus rudibus, coctos eximito, eos melle un-guito, papaver infriato, ita ponito.

Translation: Make globes thus: Mix together equal amounts of cheese and alica. Then shape [the globes] as large as you like. Drop them in hot fat in a copper pan. Cook one or two at a time, turning them often with two paddles. When they are cooked, remove, cover them with honey, sprinkle with poppy, and serve thus.


  • Curd cheese, 500 g or about 1 lb
  • A cup of semolina
  • Honey
  • Olive oil


  • Drain the curd cheese. Use a sieve or colander, or let it hang in cheese cloth, or squash excess moisture out any way that suits you
  • Mix with the semolina into a loose dough and let it sit for a few hours.
  • With wet hands, form the mixture into dumplings.
  • Quickly fry dumplings in olive oil for a few minutes.
  • Drain and roll in honey.
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