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There is no sense neither in trying to find the time when the first Pizza appeared nor the name of its author. The evolution of Pizza was quite a long and many Mediterranean cultures contributed to it. There exist historical evidence that citizens of ancient Egypt, Greece and later Rome had recipes similar to modern ones. The Egyptian had a tradition to celebrate the Pharaoh’s birthday with spicy flat loaves (by the way the world owes ancient Egypt the appearance of yeast and sour dough). Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, mentioned baked flat cakes among the Babylonian recipes and the Greek themselves called their baked flat bread plakuntos. It is supposed that this bread sometimes served for the plate. 


Babbà al rhum

Babbà al rhum or Rum baba is a rich small cake, tall and a bit narrowed at one side, soaked in liquor (rum, as a rule), sometimes filled with whipped cream or custard. This is the classical version, the very one that is usually called a traditional Neapolitan dessert. Its recipe without the context turns into ordinary "ingredients and method of preparation", whereas the most important events occur in another level – where the dish becomes a part of culture and therefore a carrier of the respective system of meanings; acquiring these meanings and undergoing changes it runs through its “cultural biography”. Social anthropology as it is (do not be angry with the particular cultural term).

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