As much as I love chocolate eggs and marshmallow bunnies for Easter, there’s something that trumps all of that. At least in my book.
And that’s La Colomba Pasquale (“The Easter Dove”), baked by Larkspur’s famed Emporio Rulli.
Originally made only in the Lombardy province, it’s now made baked throughout Italy. Emporio Rulli has been offering its version for more than 24 years for the Easter holiday.
Think a soft, airy brioche loaded with organic butter and egg yolks that’s studded with candied orange peels. It rises overnight until it’s regal in height, then it’s remixed with yet even more butter, egg yolks and sugar.
Candied orange peels are added in, then the dough is formed into a traditional dove shape before it’s coated with almond paste, whole almonds, sugar crystals and vanilla powdered sugar before baking.
It’s bread. It’s dessert. It’s a dream.
Last week, I received a sample to try. The bread is rich, sweet and fluffy, along the lines of Christmas panettone. You can warm it in the oven, spread it with preserves or even make French toast out of it.
But I like it the simplest way of all: Just tearing a hunk off with my fingers to enjoy bite after blissful bite.
A small loaf (2 pounds) is $32; a large (3 pounds) is $45.
La Colomba Pasquale is available now through Easter through Emporio Rulli’s online site, as well as at its Larkspur bakery. It also can be pre-ordered and picked up at the Emporio Rulli’s Union Square cafe in San Francisco.