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Brandy Alexander Pie Filling

Asked by Eejit. Answered on 21st November 2019

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Brandy Alexander Pie sounds lovely, I really love Brandy Alexander as a cocktail. Is there an alternative to the marshmallows? I hate them!

My Brandy Alexander Pie
My Brandy Alexander Pie
By Nigella
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Nigella's My Brandy Alexander Pie has a chocolate cookie crumb crust that is filled with a softly set mousse-like cream flavoured with brandy and creme de cacao. The filling includes melted marshmallows and unfortunately it is difficult to replace the marshmallows as they provide sweetness and also help the filling to set, as they contain gelatine.

If you were to omit the marshmallows then you would need to add sugar and melt it until it was no longer grainy, then add soaked leaf gelatine or melted powdered gelatine and we don't have the measurements for the amounts you would need to use. However, as the melted marshmallows are mixed with the cream, milk and alcohol, we doubt that you would taste the marshmallows and the filling has a very different texture to a marshmallow. Nigella has sucessfully used marshmallows for her Instant Chocolate Mousse, so you may like to try this recipe first to see if you can taste the marshmallows.

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