I really wanted to name this a Bad Decision Tart. With a filling of pale ale and Bulleit bourbon, it was too easy to make a comparison to mixing alcohol on a Saturday night with garish bravado and spending your Sunday with multiple doses of Advil and the new Drake album on repeat.
But minus listening to the Drake album on repeat (aka my last two weeks), I don’t want you to associate this dessert with a bad hangover because it’s so much better than that. Hear me out.
In desserts, beer adds leavening and flavor. The carbonation makes for a natural baking soda, allowing pastries to rise. Depending on what beer you choose, it adds a layer of depth, cutting through the sugar with its hops.
Bourbon acts similarly to cut through sweetness, but its thicker texture rounds out a dessert with caramel undertones. Combine that with beer, and you get this tart, which is smooth, complex, and not too sweet so you can top it with a simple chantilly and polish off a slice with ease.
So let’s not associate this beer and bourbon tart with things that give us grief. Let’s instead make/eat this tart and associate it with the new Drake album—a little weird, a little motley, but fully capable of giving us More Life.