The celebration of Lent and Easter brings with it the distinctive flavor of foods typically served at this time of year. Italy has many different types of bread both sweet and savory, and there are several breads that are typical this time of year.
One of the most characteristic Italian Easter breads is Paloma de Pascua, or Easter Dove, which is a sweet bread characterized by the shape which gives it its name. This typical bread can be found in many houses throughout the country around Easter and is made with flour, butter, eggs and sugar. Almonds can be added to cover the bread before putting it in the oven. The tradition is so widespread that today there are even molds in the shape of a dove.
In addition to the Easter Dove, there are also some other traditional Easter loaves. Fragguno is one of them. Fragguno is a salty bread from the Calabria region which is usually filled with salami, eggs and cheese. According to custom, this bread is specially prepared to eat on Easter Sunday.
Bread is a very popular product in all regions of Italy. Whether sweet or salty, a good loaf paris well with any holiday or occasion. Take advantage of the Easter season and try one of these typical breads!