A Sweet and Savory Taste of Rome: Making Pompeii Bread

The city of Pompeii is renowned for its cultural and historical significance, and its unique cuisine has survived for centuries. One of the most popular dishes is Pompeii bread which has a sweet and savory flavor that transports you to old-world Italy. This delicious bread is actually a combination of an Italian focaccia and a bran muffin, and it’s guaranteed to delight your taste buds.

In order to make this exquisite bread, you will need the following ingredients:


– 1 ½ cups of all-purpose flour
– 2 teaspoons of baking powder
– 1 teaspoon of baking soda
– ½ teaspoon of salt
– ¾ cup of buttermilk
– 2 tablespoons of butter
– 2 tablespoons of honey
– ½ cup of bran flakes
– 2 tablespoons of sesame seeds


1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3. In a medium bowl, stir together the buttermilk, butter, honey, and bran flakes.

4. Pour the wet mixture into the large bowl and mix together until just combined (do not over mix).

5. Grease a 9” round cake pan and pour the batter into it.

6. Sprinkle sesame seeds evenly over the top of the bread.

7. Place in the preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes or until cooked through.

8. Allow to cool before slicing and serving.

This delectable bread is traditionally served as a snack or side dish with Italian-style meals, but it is also great for breaking the fast in the mornings. The combination of the sweet and savory flavors is truly something special and makes Pompeii bread the perfect complement to a fresh salad or bowl of pasta.

The unique combination of bran and honey helps to add a burst of flavor and texture, while the sesame seeds add a nutty, toasty finish that gives this recipe an unexpected twist. We can also thank the ancient Romans for this delicious dish, as they were renowned for their love of sesame seeds and honey.

If you are looking for another variant of this recipe, you can easily substitute the honey and bran flakes for other ingredients such as raisins, dates, or even nuts. No matter which ingredients you choose, Pompeii bread is sure to please even the pickiest of eaters and is a great way to pay homage to this ancient city and its delicious culinary legacy.