Torta Commune

Spiced Cheesecake

Source: Libro de arte coquinaria by Maestro Martino de Como, 15th century

Original Recipe:

Torta Commune

 Habi di bon caso con octo ova et con bon grasso di porcho o di vitello, overo del butiro, dell’uva passa integra, del zenzevro, de la cannella, et un pocho di pan gratato, con un pocho di brodo grasso che sia giallo de zafrano et conciare le farai como di sopra è ditto de la torta biancha.

Translation: (from The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookery Book)

Common Torte

Take good cheese with eight eggs and with some good pork or veal fat, or butter, some whole currants, ginger, cinnamon, a little grated bread, a fatty stock made yellow with saffron, and prepare a torta following the recipe for white torte.

My Interpretation:

1 lb. Ricotta cheese 1 Tbsp. Vegetable stock
2 ea Egg 1 Tbsp. Lard or Butter melted
¼ cup dried currants 2 tsp. Ginger, ground
1 Tbsp. Bread crumbs 1½ tsp. Cinnamon, ground
½ cup Sugar  2 pie crusts (see recipe for Paest Royall)
10 Threads saffron

Heat stock with saffron, let cool. Beat in eggs and cheese together until smooth. Add remaining ingredients, mix well. Pour into pie crust and bake at 350°F for 50-55 minutes. Yields 2 9” tortes.

Works Referenced:
Libro de arte coquinaria, Maestro Martino de Como, Digital version: Valeria Romanelli, 7/2004.

The Art of Cooking: The First Modern Cookery Book, Translated by Luigi Ballerini, Jeremy Parzen, Stefania Barzini, University of California Press, 2005
- A translation of the work of Maestro Martino of Como, 15th century

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe: 8
Amount Per Serving
Calories:  201
Calories from fat: 91 (45% of tot cal)

% Daily Value*

Total Fat   10g 15%
     Saturated Fat  6g 30%
Cholesterol   94mg 31%
Sodium   112mg 5%
Total Carbo    19g 6%
     Dietary Fiber   1g 3%
     Sugars    16g  
Protein   9g  
Vitamin A       43% Vitamin C     1%
Calcium         15% Iron      8%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.  Your daily values may be higher or lower depending upon your caloric intake.

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