March 29, 2015

Colombacco Italian Easter Cake

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Of course the Sicilians have a speciality cake just for Easter! Step forward the deliciously light and moreish Colombacco. Smothered in pistachio icing and chopped nuts and hiding a delicious pistachio cream inside.

If you squint a bit the cake could, I suppose, appear to be a bird-like shape, as it is supposed to represent the Easter Dove. The dough for the Colomba is made in a similar manner to a Christmas panettone, but unlike panettone it usually contains candied peel and no raisins, or in this case a pistachio cream. The artisanal bakery has combined the best of Italian pistachios and the Colomba cake and made a ColomBacco!

Sicily is home to Italian pistachios, the only place in Italy where pistachios are grown in fact. Pistachio cultivation in Sicily is laborious work. The trees only bear fruit every two years and are planted in areas that prevent the use of machines to harvest the fruit. The town of Bronte is perched at the top of slope of volcanic rock a short hop northeast from Mount Etna. The Arabs, who once controlled Sicily, brought the pistachio tree to the island from the Middle East. Today the Sicilian word for pistachio is frastuca, from the Arab fustuq, and frastucara refers to a forest of pistachio trees.

For this Colomba Easter cake, we’ve selected the best pistachio in order to deliver through a flawless preparation, the unique fragrance that defines this traditional dessert, now also available on line.

The ColomBacco Italian Easter Cake is available for delivery across Europe and costs £11.25. Its a seasonal product available during March and April only.

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“There are legends that would like to trace this Easter cake to the Lombard king Alboin that during the ‘siege of Pavia (mid sixth century) was offered as a sign of peace, a sweet bread in the shape of a dove. Another legend says the Easter dove tied to the Lombard queen Teodolinda and the holy abbot Irish St. Columban. Legend has it that St. Columban on his arrival in the city, around 612 were received by the Lombard sovereigns and invited with his monks to a sumptuous lunch. The dishes were served with many many game browned, but Columbanus, although it was a Friday, rejected those too rich meat served in a period of Lenten penance as that. Queen Teodolinda took offense not understanding, but the abbot passed with diplomacy the unfortunate situation by saying that they would have eaten meat only after they have been blessed. Columba raised his right hand as a sign of the cross and the dishes turned into white doves of bread, white as their monastic robes. Google Translate from

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  1. Jeanne Horak-Druiff May 29, 2015

    Now I’ve learnt something – who knew Sicily was the only place in Italy where pistachios grow? Not sure I see the dove but I do see a lot of deliciousness 🙂


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