Lemon Chess Tartlets
In my childhood, there were usually two kinds of pie at almost any big dinner. Pecan Pie and Chess Pie. I, of course, adore Pecan Pie, and so did everyone else in the family. But, I clearly remember making the conscious decision that Chess Pie would be my favorite.
Somewhere along the way, I kind of abandoned it. I didn’t do it on purpose. It was one of those desserts that someone else always made. In fact, I made my first one not that long ago.
Truth be told, I am fascinated by this pie and its variations. It’s one of the best examples of how just a handful of ingredients can make something so very good. These mini versions have a lemon twist to them that’s just perfect for summer.
I had some lemons left over from that amazing Lemon-Strawberry Shortcake and looked around specifically for a lemon tart recipe that would be both quick and simple. Not surprisingly, I found what I had in mind at Southern Living. Chess Pie is generally thought of as a Southern dessert, after all. Their basic chess tart recipe has a few variations if you’re looking for something a bit different.
You can dress these up easily with some toasted coconut, toasted almonds, or just a sprinkling of confectioners’ sugar. You could even add a teaspoon of almond extract or coconut extract to the filling. I opted to go all lemon on these beauties. I think they’re pretty perfect in their sweet, lemon glory.
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