Wednesday, April 7, 2010

The Wings Of A Dove






Something symbolic and yummy is in the pretty green package. Let's take a look. It's called Colomba Pasquale, or Easter Dove Bread. Have you ever heard of it? I hadn't, until I found this in a bakery right before Easter. It is the traditional Easter bread of Italy, baked in a special paper pan shaped like a dove. I think mine looks more like a cross. But when I researched this bread, I did find pictures of ones that look just like doves. It just depends on how realistic the mold is. It is a delicious sweet bread filled with dried orange pieces and almonds. Then it is gilded with a shiny coat of sugar syrup and sprinkled with coarse crystallized sugar and sliced, toasted, unpeeled almonds. The almonds represent the feathers of the dove. And it tastes like it flew straight from heaven.



"See! The winter is passed; the rains are over and gone. Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." Song Of Songs 2:11,12

11 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

Did you find that at a bakery in your area? I'd like to tell my sister about it if you did. Love the Peeps post but I'm not that clever.

Really want to comment on the Easter accident. On my goodness gracious. Who would even think those ladders would break? I'm so glad that no one sustained any terrible injury and all are on the mend.

After almost a week of lovely temperatures, we have had a day of rain and a forecast for wet snow tonight. Yikes!

Best,
Bonnie

Glenda said...

Ginny, I learn lots of new things on your blog! I had never heard of this bread, but it sounds delicious! I love almost every kind of bread!

We have several doves that feed under our bird feeders. I think they're so beautiful and love to hear their coo-ing sounds. I like the song "Wings of a Dove" and am reminded that they symbolize the Holy Spirit and peace.

Ann said...

Lots of almond flakes, looks very nice. Is it only for Easter?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

YUM---that bread looks delicious. I"ve never heard of it. That is so interesting.... We just made a loaf of homemade bread tonight.. Ours is Sourdough. SO GOOD.....

Hope your DIL is doing okay now...

Have a great day tomorrow.
Hugs,
Betsy

From the Kitchen said...

Ginny: Thanks for the information. I'm going to pass that bakery name on to my sister. She may already know about it. Interestingly, I first heard about it from a blogging friend in San Francisco just prior to Easter. We are such "anything bread" nuts that I'm surprised that we've missed it.

I love going to Charlottesville. I've "met" Sissy Spacek and Jan Karon there--I say that "tongue in cheek" because I didn't actually approach them.


Best,
Bonnie

Sandra said...

you do find the most amazing things that i have never heard of or seen before. I think the reason i have not seen things like this, is I have never been in a bakery, only what the bakerey has in our grocery stores and Walmart, not a for real bakery. i don't even know if we have one but i am sure we do. keep sharing these amazing finds

From the Kitchen said...

Ginny, I just posted my response to you on my own blog. I'm not "with it" today. So, come on back over and "visit" and read it when you have time.

B
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DawnTreader said...

Never heard of it, and I have to say I have certain difficulties "seeing" it (as you say it looks more like a cross). Always interesting to learn about different traditions, though!

George said...

Yummy! I wish I could have a piece.

SquirrelQueen said...

I have never heard of Easter Dove bread but it sounds delicious. I will have to check with one of our bakeries and see if they ever make it.

I love learning about new customs and traditions, thanks Ginny for the information.

The red leaves in my photo the other day are from my Red Tipped Photinia. It is a huge bush and give my yard a big spot of color all year round.

Bird Girl said...

Interesting. I know what Easter bread is because my in-laws are Italian and I really like it - yummy! But never have seen the dove shaped bread.