Tipsy Spiced Fruit Tart with Buttermilk Whipped Cream

Photo: Jennifer Davick; Styling: Buffy Hargett

The bourbon-soaked fruits and bold flavors in this rustic pie make it an adults-only dessert. Splurge for a premium brandy or bourbon—it's worth it.

Yield: Makes 8 servings
Recipe from Southern Living

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Recipe Time

Total: 2 Hours


  • 2/3 cup bourbon or brandy
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 cup halved dried Mission figlets
  • 1 (7-oz.) package dried apricots, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup jumbo raisins
  • 3 ripe Bartlett pears, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 1 (14.1-oz.) package refrigerated piecrusts
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Demerara sugar*
  • Buttermilk Whipped Cream


  1. 1. Cook bourbon, next 2 ingredients, and 1/2 cup granulated sugar in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat, stirring often, 3 minutes or until sugar is dissolved and mixture is hot. Remove from heat, and stir in figlets, apricots, and raisins. Pour mixture into a large zip-top plastic freezer bag. Seal bag, removing as much air as possible; chill 24 hours.
  2. 2. Preheat oven to 350°. Transfer fruit mixture to a large bowl; stir in pears, flour, ginger, and remaining 1/4 cup sugar.
  3. 3. Unroll and stack piecrusts on parchment paper. Roll into a 12-inch circle. Mound fruit mixture in center of piecrust (mixture will be slightly runny), leaving a 2- to 2 1/2-inch border. Fold piecrust border up and over fruit, pleating as you go, leaving an opening about 5 inches wide in center. Brush piecrust with egg, and sprinkle with 2 tsp. Demerara sugar. Slide parchment paper onto a baking sheet.
  4. 4. Bake at 350° for 50 minutes or until filling is bubbly and crust is golden brown. Cool on baking sheet on a wire rack 30 minutes. Serve warm or at room temperature with Buttermilk Whipped Cream.
  5. *Granulated sugar may be substituted.
  6. Note: We tested with Sun-Maid Mediterranean Apricots.

Note: Total time does not include 24 hours to chill.

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