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Episode 39

Episode 39: Let Fruit Do the Work of Sugar in Desserts with Brian Levy

Real, irresistible desserts sweetened entirely with fruit — no added sugars at all—sounds like an impossibility, but pastry chef Brian Levy, author of Good and Sweet: A New Way to Bake with Naturally Sweet Ingredients proves it can be done. He shares his tips, tricks and ideas for better baking, just in time for the holidays.

Levy spent years making pastries the traditional way –with loads of refined sugar– in top notch restaurants, but he discovered another world of desserts that few bakers have explored, where there is no need for cane sugar, maple syrup, honey or any artificial sweeteners. Instead he ingeniously deploys fruit (fresh, dried and juiced) and other unrefined, naturally sweet ingredients, to create sweet treats whose flavor is enriched by whole food ingredients.

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About The Host

Ellie Krieger

Well known from her Food Network show “Healthy Appetite” and Public Television series “Ellie’s Real Good Food,” Ellie Krieger is a New York Times bestselling, two-time James Beard Foundation award winning, and IACP award winning author of 7 cookbooks. She is a weekly food columnist for The Washington Post and has also been a columnist for Fine Cooking, Food Network magazines and USA Today. A registered dietitian nutritionist who earned her bachelors from Cornell University and her masters from Teachers College Columbia University, Ellie finds happiness living in NYC, where most days you can find her walking or biking around Central Park.

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