Colomba di Pasqua

Colomba pasquale [koˈlomba paˈskwaːle] or colomba di Pasqua [koˈlomba di ˈpaskwa] ("Easter Dove" in English) is an Italian traditional Easter bread, the counterpart of the two well-known Italian Christmas desserts, panettone and pandoro.

Colomba pasquale
Alternative namesColomba di Pasqua
Place of originItaly
Region or stateMilan
Created byAngelo Motta
Main ingredientsFlour, eggs, sugar, butter, candied peel, pearl sugar, almonds

The dough for the colomba is made in a similar manner to panettone, with flour, eggs, sugar, natural yeast and butter; unlike panettone, it usually contains candied peel and no raisins. The dough is then fashioned into a dove shape (colomba in Italian) and finally is topped with pearl sugar and almonds before being baked. Some manufacturers produce other versions including a popular bread topped with chocolate.[1]

The colomba was commercialised by the Milanese baker and businessman Angelo Motta as an Easter version of the Christmas speciality panettone that Motta foods were producing.[2]

See also

  • Easter bread
  • List of sweet breads


  1. "Flamigni Panettone Box". Archived from the original on 2011-09-04. Retrieved 2011-04-13. Chocolate version of Panettone
  2. Porzio, Stanislao (2007). Il panettone. Storia, leggende, segreti e fortune di un protagonista del Natale. Datanova. ISBN 9788895092317.

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