Gubana, a traditional nut-filled yeasted bread, hails from Fruili, in Northern Italy. Similar to babka and strudel, it delivers many of the flavor nuances that distinguish Eastern European and Slavic pastries. Copious amounts of marsala-drenched raisins, nuts and cocoa filling are rolled up in an orange-scented dough before being coiled into a round pan.
There’s no skimping with this filling. Once the dough rises, it’s in perfect proportion with the filling.
Beautifully browned and coiled like a serpent.
Traditionally made for the Easter holiday, this Italian sweet bread is scrumptious any day of the year. The perfect balance of an enriched sweet dough with a delightfully decadent filling of hazelnuts, walnuts and pine nuts, Marsala drenched raisins and a hint of cocoa. Enjoy!