Italian Easter cakes

“The cake that tastes like spring.” This is how Colomba (dove) was presented to Italians in 1930, when one of the biggest panettone makers –Motta – decided to use the same machines, techniques and more or less the same ingredients to make another cake, the dove-shaped colomba (peace symbol) for Easter, the most important Catholic feast.

 

You can find many different industrial colombe for as little as 4 euros in supermarkets, but if you want something better for this relatively recent traditional Italian Easter cake, here are some tips.

These are from our local sweet-sleuth in the Italian capital, Buzz in Rome's, preferred artisanal colombe in Rome.....

1.       Volpetti. Made with an 80 year-old mother yeast from the Pescara province.

 

2.       Romeo. By Iginio Massari, one of the best bakers in the country, a leavening guru from Brescia.

 

3.       Panella. Our favorite bakery in town. Traditional recipe.

 

4.       Said. The best chocolate shop-bar in Rome. Milk chocolate or plain chocolate covered and decorated.

 

5.       Casa Bleve. By Bisco, in the Asti province. One of the best in Italy. Three options: classic, with orange and chocolate or with pistacchio cream.  

 

6.       Bonci. The best pizza and bread maker in town has a fantastic apricot colomba for Easter.

 

7.       Roscioli. One of the top bakery and pastry shops in the Eternal City. Traditional version.

 

8.       Cristalli di Zucchero. Another “must” for foodies with a sweet tooth. Classic recipe.

 

9.     Gianfornaio. The biggest and most expensive of Rome: 5 kilograms, 115 euros!

 

10.   Gentilini. Historical Roman cookie-maker, produces a cheap colomba, which is half artisanal and half industrial, with a beautiful wrapping paper which makes it perfect for a gift.

 

 

 

 

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