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Sweet Fritters
(Globos sic facito or "Globi")


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
    semolinaSemolina Semolina is the coarse, purified wheat middlings of durum wheat mainly used in making upma, pasta, and couscous. The word semolina can also refer to sweet dessert made from semolina and milk.
  • 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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