This is an ancient cracker recipe from Athenaeus, a rhetorician and grammarian who lived in Rome in the 3rd century AD. This recipe is a delightful, snacky interpretation of a cracker that was most likely served at taverns in ancient Greece and Rome. The original recipe doesn’t give us much direction, but they were likely somewhat similar to the recipe below.
Glykinai: “The cakes from Crete made with sweet wine and olive oil.” - Athenaeus in The Deipnosophistae
We make this recipe often for parties as it’s a great, easy to make snack. This particular version is adapted from Roman Cookery, Ancient Recipes for Modern Kitchens by Mark Grant. It’s an excellent book, full of very accessible recipes and I highly recommend it if you are interested in great early Italian food.
Glykinai – Sweet Wine Crackers
These are best enjoyed with a glass of wine.