Easter is near and on the Italian tables do not miss a cake called Colomba.

Easter is near and on the Italian tables do not mis a cake called Colomba.

The Colomba is a soft cake with piece of candied fruits and coating of icing and almonds, shaped like a dove. Very important in processing is proper leavening.

Ingredients:

  • 500 g flour
  • 150 g sugar
  • 4 eggs + 2 yolks
  • 150 g butter
  • 25 g yeast
  • 100 g almonds
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 100 g candied orange in pieces
  • 50 g sugar in pieces
  • Salt

Procedure:
Blanch the almonds in boiling water and peel them.

Dissolve the yeast in a little warm milk add half the flour and make you a loaf from the dough to rise covered with a table napkin.

When it will be increased twice, add the 1 egg yolk, remaining flour, sugar, butter, a pinch of salt, the orange pieces and milk.

Leave to rise on a greased plate, giving the shape of dove.

Brush the surface with the yolk and sprinkle with remaining almonds and
sugar in pieces. When the mixture is increased by double, bake the Colomba  about 10 minutes in preheated oven at 200’ ,lower the temperature at 180’cooked for 30 minutes, covering with a sheet of baking paper. Cooled before tasting.

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