How to Make A Honey Dessert, Cleopatra’s Favorite Indulgence

Legends abound when it comes to Cleopatra, the intriguing queen whose beauty was said to bring men in Ancient Egypt to their knees. Some say secret to her beauty was honey, which she often mixed with milk for her special baths.

Honey is a main ingredient in this recipe for dulcis coccora, believed to have been Cleopatra’s favorite dessert. These sweet honey balls are similar to the Greek loukoumades. Traditionally, the garnish for this sweet treat was coccora, ancient seeds from the Mediterranean. Nowadays, a garnish of pomegranate seeds or fresh fruit will do.

If this dessert leaves you craving more honey, try making these delightful honey pearls that are great as a garnish or enjoyed on their own.

Cleopatra’s dulcis coccora is an ancient Egyptian food made as sweet honey balls similar to loukoumades and pomegranate seeds: here’s how to make it.

200 g Flour
100 g Water
200 g Dried fruit and nuts
Honey as needed (we recommend FoodsCross’ 60% thyme honey)
300 g Fresh fruit


To make the Cleopatra’s Dulcis Coccora, an ancient Egyptian food, start mixing the flour and water and adding dried figs and walnuts.

Shape the mixture into little balls to cook and caramelize in the boiling honey.

Let the dulcis cool and serve them adorned with pomegranate seeds or slices of your preferred fruit.

Coccora were edible seeds from Mediterranean plants that, during antiquity, were added to sweets. Today they may be substituted with pomegranate seeds or slices of fruit.

This recipe is taken from the book “Tacuinum dè Eccellentissimi”, by Alex Revelli Sorini and Susanna Cutini ali&no publisher


Source: Fine Dining Lovers