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Brandy Alexander Pie: Your one essential holiday recipe!

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Elizabeth Scalia - published on 11/22/17

I made this a few years ago for a neighbor whose elderly mother had sprained her ankle — they wanted to make sure she would stay off her feet, and this thing will render you immobile.

Do not drive or operate machinery after eating this. Also, have a defibrillator nearby.

Brandy Alexander Pie 1 envelope unflavored gelatin 1/2 cup cold water 2/3 cup sugar 1/2 tspn salt 3 eggs, separated 1/4 cup cognac. Don’t be cheap, use the good stuff. 1/4 cup creme de cacao 2 cups heavy cream 1 tspn sugar 1/2 tspn vanilla 1 9″ graham cracker crust chocolate curls for garnish Sprinkle gelatin over the cold water in a saucepan. Add 1/3 c of the sugar, the salt and the egg yolks. Stir to blend. Heat over low flame while stirring until the gelatin dissolves and the mixture thickens. DO NOT BOIL. Remove from heat and stir in the cognac and creme de cacao. Chill until mixture starts to set slightly. Beat egg whites until stiff. Gradually beat in the remaining sugar and fold into the thickened mixture Use 1 cup cream to make whipped cream and fold into the mixture. Turn it all into the crust and chill for several hours or overnight. Before serving, whip second cup of cream with a teaspoon of sugar and 1/2 tspn vanilla, spread that over the pie, then sprinkle with chocolate curls.

A large enough slice may get you loaded, but in truth, this is a very light, fluffy dessert.

This is also an excellent thing to bring to your New Year’s celebration, but do warn people that they are drinking while they eat it, particularly if there is anyone in recovery at your gathering.

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