|Region or state||Romania, Moldova, Ukraine|
|Main ingredients||soft cheese or apples|
Ancient Greek bakers made their bread with olive oil, herbs and cheese. The secret of making cakes was given to the Romans during the invasion. At first there were only two varieties of cakes, called the libum and the placenta. The libum was a small cake, used as an offering to the gods. As for the placenta, the Romans developed the recipe as a cake made of fine flour covered with cheese, honey, and fragrant bay leaves. Ancient Roman bakers customarily prepared a large placenta which was cut into squares to be offered for sale. This is the way that Romanians continue to prepare their plăcintă.
Traditional varieties of plăcintă
- The plăcintă cu mere is a cake filled with apple.
- The plăcintă cu brânză is a cake filled with sheep or cow cheese, such as telemea.
- The plăcintă cu cartofi is a cake filled with potatoes.
- The plăcintă cu urdă is a sweet cake filled with ricotta and dill, or raisins.
- The plăcintă cu ciocolată is a cake filled with chocolate.