Pineapple Ale Cherry Mini Tarts are a delightful and delicious transition from summer to fall with some beer infused cherries, pastry and whipped cream.
Hi y’all! How was your weekend? Did you have a big fun cookout? Lay low with a cold beer by a pool or lake or ocean? We spent 5 fantastic days in Hilton Head at the Weston Hilton Head Resort and Spa and I totally wish I was still there – although I did miss my fur babies even though they were so in good hands and no parties were thrown that we can tell.
There isn’t any obvious evidence of shenanigans anyway.
I figured we’d ease our way out of summer and into fall. I know that Labor Day is kind of that unofficial transition with stupid rules about wearing white (I have zero idea who in tarnation came up with this ridiculousness because it’s still hot as all get out down here) and pools and amusement parks closing. Those are some sad and heartbreaking days.
I had to cheer some things up around here with some pastry cream in a tart topped with beer infused cherry compote and whipped cream, so I made you some Pineapple Ale Mini Cherry Tarts. You’re welcome.
I’m still fresh from the beach, so I can’t move on to fall yet. #sorrynotsorry
I gotta tell ya, it’s been a couple of years since we’ve been able to take a beach vacation. With four dogs that belong on Misfit Island, it’s hard to get away. This summer we were able to secure a fantastic pet sitter and made two trips to the beach. There is not much more relaxing to me as laying on the beach, reading chick lit or legal mystery, and listening to the waves crash while drinking a cold beer or banana daiquiri.
So, we’ll talk about apples next week, ‘k?
Pineapple Ale Cherry Mini Tarts Recipe
- 2 prepared store bought pie crust
For the Pastry Cream
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup heavy cream
- 1 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/2 cup flour
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 9 large egg yolks
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
For the Cherries
- 1 pound cherries cleaned, pitted stems removed
- 1 cup pineapple ale beer I used Ballast Point Pineapple Sculpin - peach could be substituted
- 1 tablespoon corn starch
- For the Whipped Cream
- 2 cups heavy whipping cream
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons vanilla bean paste
For the Crust
Preheat oven to 400
Fit crust into mini tart pans, press to form, press edge of dough over top of each pan to cut dough from pan, and prick the bottom of the dough several times with a fork - do this for each of the tart pans
Bake 15 - 20 minutes or until golden brown - you want to bake it all the way because this is the only time it will be in the oven
Cool on a wire rack
For the Pastry Cream
Whisk together sugar, flour, and sal in a large bowl, add eggs and whisk everything together - mixture will be thick
Add milk and cream to a sauce pan and heat over medium heat until steamy, but do not boil
Add 1/2 cup of the hot milk to the egg mixture and whisk to prevent the eggs from scrambling
Gradually add milk 1/2 cup at a time to the egg mixture while constantly whisking until almost all the milk is added to the eggs
Pour all the egg/milk mixture back into the pot
Cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until it starts to bubble, continue whisking another 1 -2 minutes until thick
Remove from heat
Set a fine mesh sieve over a bowl and pour the pastry cream into the sieve and strain - this will catch any of the eggs that may have scrambled
Cover pastry cream with plastic wrap making sure to press the plastic to the surface of the pastry cream to prevent a skin from forming
Chill completely in the refrigerator
For the Cherries
Add cherries, beer, and corn starch to a sauce pan and stir to combine
Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cook until thick, stirring often - careful not to let it boil over - this should take 15 minutes or so
Remove from heat and cool
For the Whipped Cream
Chill bowl and whisk attachment for stand mixer in freezer for 20 - 30 minutes
Fit bowl and whisk to the mixer
Add heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla bean paste to the bowl
Turn mixer on low to avoid splashing and increase speed to medium high
Beat until light peaks form - this should take 5 - 6 minutes or so - keep an eye on it so it doesn't turn to butter
For the Assembly
Evenly distribute pastry cream into the prepared tart shells/pans
Evenly distribute cherries to the top of the pastry cream
Top each with whipped cream
Note: All of these steps can be prepared ahead of time and assembled just before serving
Haha I feel you on the seasonal change- I’m such a flip flopper. I wear shorts outside and drink iced coffee and my rain screams SUMMER, but then I see a pumpkin recipe and glance at my sweaters and all of a sudden all I want is to bake. I’ve even listened to a littttle holiday music (who am I?). These mini tarts are adorable and definitely embody summer with that pineapple goodness 🙂
Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen
So glad you had a fun vacation Rachelle! And what a way to soften the end of summer blow than with these tarts! Oh my, do they look and sound delicious!
Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
I am so ready for the season change. We are all about Autumn over here!
The colour of those cherries is just making me want to eat this through the screen.
Goodness these look goooood! Beer infused? Are you kidding me? I just have to say – I need these in my life! And the photos make me very happy!!
Dawn - Girl Heart Food
Sounds like you had a perfectly relaxing weekend! And your fur babies were in good hands. That’s such a relief. We had a great weekend too. That extra day was so nice. Lots of good food involved…too much, lol 😀
Pineapple ale beer? Where do I get my little hands on this stuff?? That must be delish! Sounds AWESOME!
I just love these little tarts. Lovely combo with the pineapple and cherry. And your pics are gorgeous! Pinning!
karrie @ Tasty Ever After
Oh. My. Lordy! Tarts from a tart 😉 lol! Seriously, these sweet little tarts look delish girl. Glad you survived driving through a hurricane and had a relaxing vacation at the beautiful sunny beach. Wish I was the third wheel on your trip. Maybe next time…heeheehee
Cheyanne @ No Spoon Necessary
Welcome baaaaaaack, Rach! I’m thrilled you guys had a kick arse time on the beach (in your tent complete with a fan). 🙂 These tarts are all sorts of FABULOUS, girlfriend! Seriously, so pretty and the flavors are amazing! Tarts with pastry cream, beer infused cherry compote and whipped cream? Be a doll and send some of these my way, mmmkay? Pinned! Cheers, sweets! xoxo
These look really tasty, but I’ve never heard of pineapple ale beer. Very intrigued!
Kathleen | Hapa Nom Nom
Welcome back! HH is such a fun place to visit! Our weekend was pretty low-key, but much needed. Omg, these tarts looks SO freakin’ good! Seriously, I want to just pop these into my mouth one after another! And a beer infused cherry compote? That is some seriously creative cooking! Home run girl!
Oh wow this is so beautiful!!! It is so creative too with the pineapple and cherry 🙂
Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice
How cute are these mini tarts?! I love the pineapple and cherry combo, Rachelle! And, of course, the ale in here too. What a fun and gorgeous dessert!
David @ Spiced
Oh man, I could totally get behind a beach vacation right now. Truthfully, I’ve always been a mountain over beach kinda guy…but the thought of just laying down somewhere and drifting off to sleep is pretty amazing. I wonder if your dogsitter can come up and watch Robbie, too? (Haha…I kid!) Love these tarts…since it’s still summer temps out there, I say let’s enjoy it while we can!
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these are very cute Rachelle, the combination sounds wonderful 🙂
Kathy @ Beyond the Chicken Coop
Anything in mini form is just right for me! I love the small, cute individual size. I can’t even begin to imagine the taste of pineapple ale, but I’ll bet it’s just perfect in this dessert. Glad you had a great week! 🙂
Ohmygosh, these are so gorgeous. I love little tarts. Tartlets are the best dessert probably ever.
And you got away, which is SO nice. I hope you got your R & R and came back refreshed for the crazy work schedule!
Wow, I love pineapple and cherry. And now what I see here? A recipe with my two favourite ingredients. Yeah! Thanks for sharing this. Will try to make this, for sure.
Milena | Craft Beering
Well, I did get a little confused about this post’s updated date:) but – the Pineapple Sculpin incorporated into these tarts is a grand idea! I love the flavor of pineapple and the combo with the cherries – yum! Hope you get to repeat the vacation this summer!