🔕 🔔
Loading…

My Basket ()

All questions

Is brandy an acceptable substitute for cognac in a recipe

asked by Albert Council over 5 years ago

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

9 answers 22223 views
B0e51b35 a002 4fdd adc2 f06fa947184e  baci1
HalfPint

HalfPint is a trusted home cook.

added over 5 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.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

A9f88177 5a41 4b63 8669 9e72eb277c1a  waffle3
added over 5 years ago

Indeed

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 5 years ago

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

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

4798a9c2 4c90 45e5 a5be 81bcb1f69c5c  junechamp
ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 5 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.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

5f8d7fee 22ef 49ba a6b4 360299864c3e  n3ru8figt0zk0
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 5 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.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

F8c5465c 5952 47d4 9558 8116c099e439  dscn2212
boulangere

Cynthia is a trusted source on Bread/Baking.

added over 5 years ago

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

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

5f8d7fee 22ef 49ba a6b4 360299864c3e  n3ru8figt0zk0
pierino

pierino is a trusted source on General Cooking and Tough Love.

added over 5 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.

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

23b88974 7a89 4ef5 a567 d442bb75da04  avatar
added over 5 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).

Are you channeling your best self with this comment? (If you're not sure, check out our Code of Conduct.)

4798a9c2 4c90 45e5 a5be 81bcb1f69c5c  junechamp
ChefJune

June is a trusted source on General Cooking.

added over 5 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. ;)