In Italy you know it’s almost Easter when La Colomba Italian Easter Dove Bread, arrives in every store you enter. La Colomba is a delicious sweet bread made with yeast. Believe me of all the things I have baked this believe it or not is the recipe I am the proudest of.
At Christmas time in Italy there is Panettone and Pandoro which I like but I have always liked the Easter equivalent Colomba, Italian Easter Dove Bread the best. By the way, Colomba means Dove in English.
Last Easter I made a delicious Easter Bread that was always baked and shared at Easter time when I was a kid by my sister’s late mother-in-law. And now since I am having so much fun baking with yeast, I just had to try La Colomba this Easter.
Usually these Italian sweet breads are filled with candied fruit or raisins, and since a few members of my family don’t like candied fruit and the other couple don’t like raisins, chocolate chips won. And yes you can purchase La Colomba with chocolate chips or even covered in melted chocolate which is amazing. I know I have said it before and I will continue to say it, do not be afraid to bake with yeast. I never used to make Sweet Doughs with yeast because I was convinced it was difficult and would taste yeasty. But believe me it isn’t and it doesn’t.
Colomba Italian Easter Dove Bread
I started with a simple Brioche and now I have tackled this amazing Colomba Italian Easter Dove Bread. If you have tried this delicious sweet bread then you must try making it yourself, and if you have never tried it then you really have to try making it. All you need is time and patience. It just might become your new Easter tradition. Enjoy!