Portuguese Desserts Adapted From David Leite’s Cookbook

Molasses Cookies

EPISODE #10

Today we talk about desserts from David Leite’s cookbook, The New Portuguese Table. David Leite is the founder of Leite’s Culinaria, which was the first food blog to win a James Beard Award in 2006 and again in 2007. David Leite was also awarded the Julia Child first book award for his cookbook The New Portuguese Table. These desserts will certainly be a regular part of my baking repertoire and I hope you enjoy them too.

SHOW NOTES:

Below are the recipes from the episode:

Gluten-free dairy-free Orange Olive Oil Cake

Gluten-free dairy-free Orange Olive Oil Cake

Interview with Award-Winning Author David Leite

David Leite interview podcast

EPISODES #8 and #9

You can make a convincing case that food defines who we are, and often who we are not. We talk about this and much more with food writer and memoirist David Leite about his most recent book, Notes on a Banana: A Memoir of Food, Love and Manic Depression. He’s the founder of Leite’s Culinaria, which was the first website to win a James Beard Award in 2006 and again in 2007. David Leite was also awarded the Julia Child first book award for his cookbook The New Portuguese Table. His articles have appeared in the New York Times, Bon Appétit, Gourmet, and the Los Angeles Times, among many others.

Join us next week on The Gluten Free Baking Show to learn more about Leite’s recipes!

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PART 2 OF 2

Adapting Cake Flavors, Buttercream, and More

adapt cake flavors

EPISODES #6 and #7

Today we discuss a simple cake recipe and how it can be adapted to different flavors. We also talk with Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod about her book, The Gloriously Gluten-free Cookbook. We finish the show with frostings and an overview of how to make Swiss Meringue Buttercream and Italian Meringue Buttercream.

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Show Notes:

The cake recipe we discussed was adapted to three different flavors: 

If you’d like to adapt the original recipe, please let me know how it goes by posting a comment below the recipe 🙂 

I would like to thank Vanessa Maltin Weisbrod’s for a wonderful interview about her book, The Gloriously Gluten-free Cookbook. And, in case you didn’t catch the name of the Japanese pastry she mentioned on the show, it’s called Umegae Mochi. 

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Holiday Special

EPISODE #5

In this episode we talk about a few recipes from the cookbook Gluten-Free Baking for the Holidays by Jeanne Sauvage
- Lebkuchen Cookies
- Spritz Cookies
- Pfeffernusse Cookies (with black pepper)
- Mandarin Chocolate Cake

We ended with one of my recipes for Whoopee Pies. They also have a dairy free option.
Pumpkin Pie Spiced Whoopee Pies with Cinnamon Nutmeg Buttercream

gluten free dairy free whoopee pie recipe

The whoopee pies are also excellent with Swiss Meringue Buttercream, which you can add flavors or spices to. This buttercream can also be refrigerated or frozen. You just want to bring it to room temperature and stir it before using.

Here is a gluten free Lebkuchen recipe you can try. I haven’t tried it so please let me know if you like it!

Here is a fairly authentic German Lebkuchen “Gingerbread Spice” recipe.

When baking, use a measuring scale! Measuring in grams is more exact than measuring in volume. It also saves time, dishes, and most importunity your baked goods.