EASTER DOVE CAKE MADE WITH NATURAL YEAST
‘Colomba di Pasqua’ translates ‘Easter Dove’.
The dough for the colomba is made in a similar manner to panettone; it contains fragrant cubes of candied orange peel but, unlike panettone, it contains no raisins. The dough is then fashioned into a dove shape (colomba in Italian) and finally it is topped with sugar and almonds, that become a delicious crisp frosting after backing.
Using only the best ingredients and allowing time for the dough to leaven produces the greatest product imaginable.
The soft dough, rich in flavour and scents, is made using mother dough (also called natural leaven or natural yeast), vanilla powder of Planifolia Bourbon type from Madagascar obtained from grinding whole untreated pods coming from organic and certified fair trade cultivations, orange peel candied without mechanical pressures and other carefully selected ingredients.
The mother dough is the most important ingredient.
Today, brewer’s yeast is very popular because it allows faster processing and shorter production times.
Natural leaven is less reliable when processed and difficult to be controlled in the dough. However, natural leavening makes products healthier and more digestible.
To recognise if the Colomba is made with natural yeast you can look at the alveolation.
Brewer’s yeast is made with only one strain of bacteria and it is, therefore, able to generate only equal leavenings, produced with the same quantity of carbon dioxide. This results in a regular alveolation. The typically irregular alveoli, instead, can be created only with natural yeast.
Ingredients of the pastry (86%): Candied orange peels 22.4% (orange peels, glucose syrup, sugar), Wheat flour, Butter, Fresh free-range egg yolk, Cane sugar, Water, Natural yeast (wheat flour, water), Italian honey, Fresh milk, Emulsifiers: mono and diglycerides of vegetable fatty acids, Salt, Natural flavoring (vanilla pods).
Ingredients of the Icing (14%:) Sugar, Fresh egg whites from free-range hens, Almonds, Olive oil, Rice flour, Almond flour, Apricot kernel flour.
Contains: wheat, almonds, milk, eggs. May contain soy.