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Is brandy an acceptable substitute for cognac in a recipe

asked by Albert Council about 2 years ago
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Baci1
HalfPint

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added about 2 years ago

Should be fine. I've been told all cognac are brandy, but not all brandy is cognac. I think real cognac has to come from Cognac in France.

Waffle3
added about 2 years ago

Indeed

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added about 2 years ago

I substitute brandy all the time and it seems just fine.

Junechamp
ChefJune

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added about 2 years ago

If you use a French or Spanish brandy, it should be very similar ti taste and texture to most Cognacs. I would hate to waste good Cognac for cooking. It's very pricy.

Zester_003
pierino

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added about 2 years ago

As per all the above answers, it's absolutely fine. Now if you really want to bust the budget substitute armagnac or calvados; the latter being great with apple flavors.

Dscn2212
boulangere

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added about 2 years ago

If you don't want to buy a full-size bottle of either, little airline-size bottles are very reasonable in cost.

Zester_003
pierino

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added about 2 years ago

Yes, you can probably find Hennessey in the mini size. Although on a price point basis a half pint is probably a better value because you can consume what's left.

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added about 2 years ago

I think it depends how much the recipe calls for, if and if it's used as a major flavor enhancer or merely a hint of flavor. Brandy does not have the same flavor profile as most cognac so why not buy a small bottle of both ( they last forever).

Junechamp
ChefJune

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added about 2 years ago

There's a lot of brandy out there, and many whose flavor profiles closely parallel Cognac. Years ago I was steered toward the DeVille brand (made in France, but not in the Cognac region) by several French restaurant chefs. It still works. ;)