Thursday, May 10, 2012

Secret Revealed

The secret foreign baking project turned out pretty good.

A while back, Cody and I were at a wine tasting at Jimmy's and the dessert was a tasty cake called Colomba.  I loved it so much, so I looked online to find a recipe.  There are not a ton of recipes, and each one is very different.  I had trouble deciding which to use.  The cake is traditionally baked in a dove-shaped cake pan because it is the dessert for Easter dinner in Italy.  Colomba di Pasqua means "Easter Dove."

First I thought I'd just bake it in a round cake pan and be okay with it.  But then, I found a recipe that shaped the bread without a cake pan.  It took some work.  I made almond paste (using the candy thermometer) in advance, but I probably should have just bought it.  It's available at grocery stores.  There were a couple of rising times involved, and twisting the bread into the correct shape proved difficult.  It was a case of seeing the shape with my eyes but failing to make my hands cooperate.

My Colomba cake didn't really taste like the kind I had at Jimmy's.  It was still good, but not as good as what I had.  It had less almond flavor and lacked the airy texture.

But, it was a decent attempt and tasted okay with coffee the next morning.  The reason I made it was to surprise a few friends at an Italian themed dinner we all attended.

1 comment:

Becky said...

I love the dove shape. You did a wonderful job. I could see it easily!