Sweet & Southern: Classic Desserts with a Twist

How have you modernized old-school Southern classics?
I wanted to make the Southern desserts I grew up with more palatable and accessible to those who haven’t grown up with them. People would tell me that they thought Southern sweets were too rich, and I felt that they didn’t know what they were missing. They’re only overly sweet when made that way, and they can be made to be less sweet. My goal with modernizing certain classics was to show that Southern desserts can be made more simply and with cleaner flavors. Really, these versions are probably more like the originals, before the convenience era brought processed and prepackaged ingredients to the mix.

Chess Squares

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