Since Thanksgiving, I’ve been experimenting with sweet recipes that incorporate bourbon. The barrel-aged whiskey adds a festive kick to everything from chocolate cake to pecan pie and eggnog waffles.
One of my favorite bourbon-spiked recipes is an apple tart drizzled with sweet sauce made with apple cider and bourbon. I use locally produced Dark Horse Distillery bourbon, which boasts vanilla, maple and caramel flavors.
The apple tart is easy to make — especially because it uses a premade pie crust — and it fills your whole house with the aroma of spiked apple cider for hours. I made this video to break down the whole recipe step by step. (Note: The first time I made the tart, I didn’t peel the apples, but the tart is much easier to cut into when the apples are peeled).
How to make an Apple-Ginger Tart with Cider-Bourbon Sauce
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You can find this apple tart recipe — along with recipes for Bourbon and Coke Cake, Bourbon-Pecan Pie and Eggnog Waffles with Cinnamon Whipped Cream — in last week’s Food section cover story.