Colomba – Easter Dove Cake

In Italy, this delicious cake is typically eaten at Easter.

  • Time

    55 minutes

  • Difficulty

    Difficult

  • Course

    Desserts and Fruit

  • Italian Region

    Lombardia

Ingredients

  • 1 lb all-purpose flour
  • 5 oz butter
  • 4 ½ oz sugar
  • 1 ¾ oz fresh yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 oz mixed candied fruit
  • almonds, sweet to taste
  • coarse sugar to taste
  • oz salt

Preparation

30 minutes preparation + 25 minutes cooking

Dissolve the yeast in a little warm water and slowly work in half of the flour; allow the dough to rise in a warm place in a floured bowl.

When the dough has doubled in size, place it in a larger bowl and add the remaining flour, beaten eggs, melted butter, sugar and salt.

Work the dough gently until it stops sticking to the sides of the bowl, cover with a cloth and allow to rise for another hour.
Sprinkle flour on the raisins and the candied peel then shake excess flour away in a sieve.

Add the raisins and candied peel to the dough, place in a dove-shaped mould and decorate with almonds, baste with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar crystals.

Cook in a moderate oven for 20-25 minutes.

Food history

The dove is a Christian symbol representing the Holy Spirit, announcing the reconciliation between God and man or, more simply, heralding the arrival of Spring.

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