Summertime desserts are hard. At least, they’re hard for me, and for a few reasons: 1) things melt when I don’t want them to, 2) it’s often too hot to turn on the oven, and 3) I prefer portable desserts where everyone can just pick one item off a tray and mosey on their merry way. Given these criteria, the perfect summertime desserts (for my purposes) often exclude:
- Chocolate – too melty
- Anything that requires precision baking – cakes, cookies, etc
- Communal dishes like trifles or cobblers – again, I’m going for portable grab-and-go snacks here
I finally think I found a dessert that can work under all these self-imposed parameters, and it’s these lemon squares. They’ve got a wonderful tart, bright edge to them that’s not too sweet. And the crust, while it does require baking, is not precise and can easily be baked in a toaster oven to avoid heating up your whole kitchen. You basically just bake it until it’s golden brown. The amount of heat and temperature of the heat is not so important, as long as the darn crust gets some toasty color. That I can definitely handle.