I’m married to a guy who can eat sweets 24/7 and never gains weight, not even one pound!
It’s one of those crazy things that make you think, “It’s just not FAIR!”
Some people are just born with better metabolism genes, I guess.
I wasn’t one of them! So luckily for me, I don’t crave sweets.
But bake on, I do.
And what do I do when the cake, pie, cookies or whatever are eaten twice a day by this guy? I have maybe one or two bites at the most, simply because I just don’t have a major sweet tooth.
That sounds almost crazy! But it’s true. Seriously, I have candy in this house that’s probably over 2 years old . . . including imported chocolate. I just need a nibble and that’s it.
It’s bread, potatoes, and pasta that bring me to my knees. There’s my downfall.
The “Dove Bread or Cake” (known as “Colomba di Pasqua) is traditionally prepared for Easter in Italy and in many Italian homes around the world. This sweet bread is the Easter version of Italian Pannetone at Christmastime. The bread/cake is shaped like a dove and it gets its name. The dove symbolizes resurrection and peace, so it is quite perfect for Easter and has been an Italian tradition since the 12th century!
However, you don’t have to wait until Easter to enjoy one. In fact, you can bake them, purchase them, and FREEZE them for later.
Dove cake pans are not easy to find, nor are the dove-shaped paper molds, so I’ve included a link to where you can purchase a dove-shaped cake pan -> Italian Easter Dove Cake “Colomba” Paper Baking Mold For Italian Dove Cake, Size L12-1/2 x 10 W x 2-1/2 H Model 510009 (3)
This cake/bread is very light and aromatic of the lemons on the Amalfi coast of Italy. It is packed with eggs, butter and candied lemon chunks . . . oh YUM! This is a yeast-based bread, so the dough begins with making a ‘sponge’ first that is allowed to rest overnight. The next day the dough is rising twice . . . see where the airy, light, fluffiness comes from?
This is a very light cake and super-lemony . . . absolutely perfect with a cup of tea any time of the day!
Italian Trivia over the origin of this beloved Easter cake:
A debate has gone on for centuries as to the beginnings of Colomba di Pasqua, particularly between the two stories of the Milanese and Pavia. The Milanese story is more commonly accepted which follows: During the Battle of the Legano, two doves were witnessed flying onto the altar of a chariot that carried the standards of the Lombard League, who had just won defeated Emperor Frederick Barbarossa. The doves were believed to symbolize the Holy Ghost, and so the Colomba commemorates that event and is viewed as a symbol of victory.
The icing is very light and not heavy, so use as much or as little as you like. My husband likes a LOT of icing as you can see here!
So if you need a lip-smackin’ lemon fix, this will fit the bill!
To make the sponge
To make the dough
For the Limoncello icing