Never call them tarts.
They are called transparent puddings (although a larger, full-sized version can be referred to as a pie), and to many people they are, quite simply the signature dish of Maysville and Mason County. A trip "home" often calls for a stop at the local bakery to stock up on the treat. And few picnics or holiday gatherings in this area are complete unless they are topped off with an offering of transparent pies or puddings.
The little morsels of goodness can be traced back to early settlers who had to make do with what they had on hand in their pantry -- sugar, eggs, butter. It would have been a handy recipe in a housekeeper's arsenal, as it doesn't require any special extra ingredients such as fruit or nuts.
Transparent puddings were made in New England and Pennsylvania Dutch country as well as in the South. Some recipes call for nutmeg or lemon, a no-no here.
Although the dessert has fallen out of favor in most areas, it remains popular in our area. Local bakeries are some of the few which offer the puddings and pies for sale. In fact, celebrities who call the area home, like the late Rosemary Clooney, often stop at Magee's Bakery for some of the puddings when they return for a visit.