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Comfort Food: Brandy Alexander Pie For A Cozy Evening

This Brandy Alexander pie makes a great dessert at the cabin.  It is good for any time of the year.  Although the pie is chilled, the warmth of the brandy taste makes it a good choice even when the temperature outside is chilly.  Imagine sitting by a fire on a cold night.  Instead of sipping an evening cocktail, you can bite into a delicious mouthful of yummy goodness.  The pie is very rich and satisfying, a perfect comfort food.

Brandy Alexander Pie Recipe:

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate graham cracker crumbs
  • four tablespoons margarine, softened
  • 1/3 cup brandy, separated
  • one package chocolate flavor instant pudding and pie filling for four servings
  • one package vanilla flavor instant pudding and pie filling for four servings
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 – 1 ounce squares of semi sweet chocolate

1.  Place graham crackers in a sealed plastic bag and crush with a rolling pin.

2.  Mix graham crackers, margarine and 3 tablespoons of the brandy together.  Press with fingers into a nine inch pie plate, covering the bottom and up the sides.

3.  In a large bowl, mix both packages of pudding and the milk.  Mix with a wire whisk until soft set.  Stir in the rest of the brandy and the vanilla.  Mix well.

4.  In a small bowl, with mixer at medium speed, beat heavy cream until soft peaks form.  With a rubber spatula, gently fold the cream into the pudding mixture.  Spoon mixture into pie crust.

5.  With a vegetable peeler, shave semi sweet chocolate squares to use as a garnish for the middle.

6.  Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving.  Pie should be served chilled to be enjoyed at its best.

For a double whammy, I am including the drink recipe.  Why not enjoy the two together?

Brandy Alexander Drink Recipe:

  • ice
  • 30 ml (one measure) brandy
  • 30 ml (one measure) brown creme de cacao
  • 60 ml (two measures) cream
  • grated nutmeg

Place ice, brandy, creme de cacao and cream in shaker, shake well.  Strain into champagne glass; sprinkle lightly with nutmeg.