Traditional Italian Easter Cake with Chocolate & Candied Orange
From Pasticceria Filippi—producers of some of our favorite Italian baked goods (hello, panettone)—we're excited to bring to you a fresh take on the traditional Italian Easter Colomba cake. This version of Colomba di Pasqua (or Colomba Pasquale)—a close relative of the famous Italian Christmas cake, panettone—is studded with bittersweet chocolate chunks and candied orange peel.
Crunch through the sugary almond crust to find chunks of fine Ecuadorean chocolate and pieces of soft, almost juicy, candied Sicilian orange peel that give the whole loaf a flowery citrus fragrance. The golden dough using the Filippi family’s 40-year-old yeast starter, plus free-range eggs, real Bourbon vanilla beans and butter for a light yet richly flavored bite.
Enjoy Chocolate Orange Colomba Cake for dessert along with coffee, sweet white wine or sparkling wine, or your liqueur of choice. Eat leftover slices for breakfast (and snacks, and at teatime), toasted and topped with a dollop of mascarpone whisked with Grand Marnier. This special holiday cake would also make a delicious bread pudding.