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Colomba Pasquale


You'll need

225 gm plain flour 90 gm raw caster sugar 40 gm softened butter 2 eggs, plus one separated 2 tsp dried yeast 1 tsp vanilla bean paste Finely grated rind of 1 orange 75 gm raisins 75 gm finely chopped dried figs 30 gm each glacé orange and cedro (see note), diced 50 gm pearl sugar (see note) 30 gm (¼ cup) almond meal 30 gm flaked almonds To serve: honey and mascarpone   Starter 110 gm plain flour ⅛ tsp dried yeast

Method

  • 01
  • For starter, stir ingredients and 90ml cool water in a bowl until smooth, cover and stand at room temperature until bubbling (12 hours).
  • 02
  • Transfer starter to an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook, add flour, 60 gm raw caster sugar, butter, 2 eggs, yolk, yeast, vanilla and orange rind and mix on medium speed until dough is smooth and shiny and starts to leave sides of bowl (12-15 minutes). Add dried and glacé fruit, mix to combine, then cover and stand until doubled in size (1-2 hours).
  • 03
  • Preheat oven to 190C. Knock down dough and divide into two pieces, one slightly larger than the other. Shape the larger piece into a 30cm-long cylinder, tapering slightly at one end, and place on an oven tray lined with baking paper. Form remaining piece into a 20cm-long cylinder and lay across the larger cylinder, about one-third of the way down from the tapered end. Cover with a tea towel and stand until slightly risen (35-40 minutes).
  • 04
  • Combine pearl sugar, almond meal, almonds, remaining raw caster sugar and eggwhite in a bowl, scatter over dough, bake for 15 minutes, reduce oven to 160C and bake until golden and cooked though (15-20 minutes; cover with foil if colomba gets too brown). Serve warm or at room temperature with honey and mascarpone.
Note Cedro is the glacé fruit of the citron tree, available from Simon Johnson, David Jones and select delicatessens. If it's unavailable, substitute candied orange peel or candied lemon peel. Pearl sugar is available from The Essential Ingredient and select delicatessens. If it's unavailable, substitute coarsely crushed sugar cubes.

This recipe is from the April 2012 issue of Australian Gourmet Traveller.

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  • Serves 10 people
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