Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

With my tongue planted firmly in my cheek, I offer you, today, my masterpiece…mini lemon meringue tarts.


Mini lemon meringue tart. Click on image for recipe. There’s a video.


You make these in mini muffin tins.

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Yes, they did taste good.

I love baking and I’m always looking for recipes that are yummy, pretty but not too time-consuming. And I particularly like ones that you can’t screw up too badly. In the past, I’ve not had great success with intricate, fancy  recipes!

I just finished an online course in food photography so I thought I’d use these little guys as subjects. They are a lot more cooperative than people or animals. They don’t move unless I move them…

This recipe did have three separate steps but each one was quite easy and at least two of them can be done a day ahead. When we have guests for dinner, I try to pick a dessert that can be prepared in advance.

The other thing I like about the mini tarts is that they lend themselves to portion control — you can have as many or as few as you wish while still having a taste of something sweet. Although once you taste these you may not be able to exert too much control.

I think these will become one of my go-to recipe for dinner parties. They would also be great for pot luck dinners. What about you? Do you have a special dinner party dessert recipe you find yourself returning to again and again?

Linking to the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge.

28 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Masterpiece

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  4. Oh these look so yummy. That sounds like an interesting course you took. I’m going to give them a try.
    Thanks for sharing Sherry.

  5. Sherry, here’s the link to my blog post that shares two biscotti recipes. They’re easy to make and SO much cheaper than those in the stores and shops. Give them a try…and they make great Christmas or other gifts!


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  7. Oh, Janet, I love rice pudding but have never been able to make a really good one…And mini-donuts sound sublime. I’ve never tried to make biscotti but I love to eat it!

  8. Thanks, Sandra, for your kind comments. Fresh fruit and sorbets are a favorite here too. I very much appreciate you taking the time to add a piece on pole walking to your blog. So interesting. I’m leaning toward trying it out. Will let you know…

  9. Well done for your food photography! These shots make that mini lemon dessert look very tempting! Thank you for the link to the recipe too!
    I don’t do dinner parties any more, but I do have a few dessert favourites I like to do when I have a friend over or my grown children or grandson!
    Now we’re having a heat-wave, so desserts are just fresh fruit or cooling fruit sorbet!
    I answered your queries on pole walking on my blog!

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  11. Food can easily be a masterpiece and these look wonderful. I have a rice pudding recipe that we all love and is easy to make and I’ve also made baked mini-doughnuts that are quite good. But the easiest things are biscotti and various chocolate candies.

    I have to stop. I’m making myself hungry. 🙂


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