An Italian Legend
The Story of the Dove Cake is an Easter legend in Italy. Once there was a king who wanted to capture a city. His horse did not cooperated and would not enter battle. While trying to get his horse to charge through the city, a young girl offered the horse a piece of cake that was shaped like a dove, the bird of peace. Upon receiving this gift, the king decided not to conquer the city with his army after all.

Italian Easter Dove Cake
Ingredients:

  • 1 lb all-purpose flour
  • 5 oz butter
  • 4 ½ oz sugar
  • 1 ¾ oz fresh yeast
  • 3 eggs
  • 5 oz mixed candied fruit
  • almonds, sweet to taste
  • coarse sugar to taste
  • ⅛ oz salt

Preparation: 30 minutes preparation + 25 minutes cooking

  1. Dissolve the yeast in a little warm water and slowly work in half of the flour; allow the dough to rise in a warm place in a floured bowl.
  2. When the dough has doubled in size, place it in a larger bowl and add the remaining flour, beaten eggs, melted butter, sugar and salt.
  3. Work the dough gently until it stops sticking to the sides of the bowl, cover with a cloth and allow to rise for another hour.
  4. Sprinkle flour on the raisins and the candied peel then shake excess flour away in a sieve.
  5. Add the raisins and candied peel to the dough, place in a dove-shaped mould and decorate with almonds, baste with beaten egg and sprinkle with sugar crystals.
  6. Cook in a moderate oven for 20-25 minutes.

 


Sharon Ely Pearson is a 30+ year Christian formation veteran, currently serving as an editor and the Christian Formation Specialist for Church Publishing Incorporated. Wife, mother, soon-to-be-grandmother, and author, she enjoys connecting people with each other and the resources they need for growing in the knowledge and love of Jesus.

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