A traditional Italian Easter cake

Here's another way to celebrate Easter with food - the traditional Italian Easter cake the ‘Colomba’ - a dove-shaped cake that symbolises peace.

The Colomba (‘Dove’) symbolises the role two doves played during the battle of Legnano in 1176, won by the common Lombardi against the emperor of Germany.

Milanese history describes the two doves flying onto the altar on the Lombardi League’s war chariot. The doves represented Milan’s freedom from the Germans, staying on the altar until the Lombardi League was victorious. The Milanese created the dove-shaped Colomba to mark the celebration of their freedom and peace.

It is best shared with family and friends, traditionally broken apart by hand and served with moscato or caffe, of course.