Easter is quickly approaching – warm Spring days, blossoms on the trees – all the beauty that this special Season brings with it. And part of our Italian heritage’s celebration includes the traditional Colomba! This year, we almost thought we wouldn’t be having one since they were very late in arriving here in the Bay Area. Normally, I pick one up in San Francisco’s North Beach but as of last week, they hadn’t arrived yet and I wasn’t certain that I would have the opportunity to drive to North Beach again before Easter. Frantically searching in the local area, I found one at a nearby grocery store, Lundardi’s, in Los Gatos. Thankfully, we will continue with our Colomba Easter tradition for this year!
The Columba is a sweet bread covered in crystallized sugar granules. Colomba in Italian means dove – and the bread is in the shape of a dove. Sometimes almonds are used for the eyes! This is a traditional Easter treat, just like Panettone is a traditional Christmas goody.