Chefs’ Picks: Easter Desserts

March 18, 2016
By: Sara Ventiera, Food Network

With Easter comes egg hunts, lamb or ham, and plenty of fresh produce. But just as important to the day of feasting is the sweet culmination. Whether they crave an English pudding that celebrates fresh fruit or classic Italian and Mexican treats, several chefs share why they’re sweet on these Easter desserts.

Recently selected as a James Beard Foundation Award semifinalist for Best Pastry Chef, Fields obviously knows her desserts, as well as the best finds on the NOLA bakery scene. For Easter she likes vibrant cassata cake, which she describes as a dense Sicilian cake with a ricotta custard filling. “It’s traditionally covered in green marzipan and decorated with candied fruit,” she says. Her favorite is at Angelo Brocato, a pastry shop with more than a century under its belt; she says the store has become a favorite of hers since she moved to New Orleans and was introduced to it by a friend’s mother.