Sugar Rush: Lemon Meringue Tartlet from Cake Rack Bakery, Cincinnati


[Photographs: Jacqueline Raposo]

There's something joyful about the weather turning warm and bright and light desserts making a return to the table. And this Lemon Meringue Tartlet ($4.50) from Cake Rack Bakery is a stunning option worth grabbing weekends at Findlay Market before they (quickly) sell out.

The substantial crust is lightly sweet and somewhat sturdy. It holds a generous amount of lemon curd that's powerfully infused with flavor without inducing puckers. The fluffy meringue topping isn't stiff and gets the lightest touch of a torch. This caramelizes the sugars on top without drying out the meringue or making it cloyingly sweet. Pulled together in one bite, it's a crunchy, creamy, and fluffy explosion of sweet and sour that feels elegant and refined, a perfect treat to finish a heavy meal with a glass of crisp white wine.

You can order these by the dozen directly from the Cake Rack's website and they stand up well to refrigeration. But if you're gathering your produce weekends at Findlay, grab these from their outside stand Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m, and enjoy immediately.