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This recipe was originally published in 1970, in an article in the New York Times by Craig Claiborne and Pierre Franey. I do not use the food coloring, but feel free to color the pie to your liking. "Cooking time" is refrigeration time. When I was submitting this recipe, Food.com made me specify an amount for the gelatin - it would not let me enter "one envelope" - just know that one envelope is the correct amount of gelatin.
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Combine the graham-cracker crumbs with the butter. Form in a 9-inch pan and bake for 10 minutes. Cool.
- Pour 1/2 cup cold water in a saucepan and sprinkle gelatin over it. Add 1/3 cup sugar, salt and egg yolks. Stir to blend. Place over low heat and stir until the gelatin dissolves and the mixture thickens. Do not boil. Remove from heat.
- Stir the Cognac and creme de cacao into the mixture. Chill until the mixture starts to mound slightly when nudged with a spoon.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff, then add the remaining 1/3 cup sugar and beat until peaks are firm. Fold the meringue into the thickened gelatin/egg yolk mixture.
- Whip the cream, then fold into the mixture. Add food coloring if desired. Turn the mixture into the crust, and garnish with chocolate curls. Chill several hours or overnight.