Exploring Italian Easter Traditions: The History of Colomba Pasquale

by Ale Mx

When it comes to Easter in Italy, one of the most beloved traditions is undoubtedly the Colomba Pasquale. This iconic sweet, similar to Christmas panettone, has ancient roots and a fascinating history dating back centuries.


Origins of Colomba Pasquale

Colomba Pasquale has its origins in the city of Milan in the 14th century. It is said that its "V" shape represents peace and was inspired by the symbol of the dove, bearer of good news and hope. Initially prepared only by Milanese pastry chefs, Colomba Pasquale soon spread throughout Italy, becoming a symbol of the Easter holiday.


A Traditional Recipe to Use Leftover Colomba: Colomba Tart

If you find yourself with leftover Colomba Pasquale after the holidays, don't despair! You can turn it into another delight with this recipe for Colomba tart:


7 ounces of cubed Colomba Pasquale
3.5 ounces of melted butter
3.5 ounces of sugar
2 eggs
1 lemon (zest grated)
1 tablespoon of rum
Apricot jam


Preheat the oven to 350°F and butter a tart pan.
In a bowl, mix the cubed Colomba with melted butter, sugar, eggs, lemon zest, and rum.
Pour the mixture into the prepared pan and smooth it with the back of a spoon.
Bake in the oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the surface is golden brown.
Let it cool completely and spread a thin layer of apricot jam on the surface.
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In Conclusion

Colomba Pasquale is more than just a sweet treat - it is a symbol of joy, hope, and rebirth. With its ancient origins and delicious flavor, it has become an intrinsic part of Easter celebrations in Italy. So whether you eat it as a traditional dessert or transform it into a new culinary creation, Easter Dove is certainly a treasure of Italian culture to be enjoyed and shared with your loved ones. Happy Easter!