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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Retro Recipe-Root Beer Float Pie

I've never liked soda much, but I do enjoy root beer.  Both the taste and the fact that it always seems a little old fashioned:

 Add some vanilla ice cream and its even more delicious:

That is why when I saw the recipe for this pie in one of my favorite cook books First Prize Pies:

I new I had to give it a whirl.   Technically it isn't a retro recipe, the book was published two years ago, but it's retro in spirit.  I felt a little reluctant to put the recipe on here but its else where on the web and you really, really should buy the cook book.  This is just one of the best desert cook books I've ever read and all the recipes are delicious.  The author explains everything in detail and she comes up with great ideas, many of her pies are inspired by candy bars and other fun deserts like this pie.

The pie was pretty easy to make and it was fun too.  The book gives recipes to make your own vanilla wafers and ginger snaps for the crust but I just used store bought ones.

Root Beer Float Pie 

  • ¾ cup gingersnaps
  • ¾ cup vanilla wafers
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups of your favorite root beer
  • 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ½ cup brown sugar (light or dark is fine)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  1. Place all the cookies in a food processor and grind until a fine crumb forms. Transfer the cookies to a medium mixing bowl and stir in the salt and sugar.
  2. Add the butter. Use your hands or a rubber spatula to mix the butter and crumbs together. The crumbs should be moist, but not overly wet.
  3. Pour the crumbs into a 9-inch pie plate and use your hands to press the crust up the sides and flat against the bottom.
  4. Place the pie plate in the fridge, and preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. (Don't skipping the cooling time!!) Once the oven is ready, place your pie plate in the oven and bake the crust for 10 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. While the pie crust is baking, heat a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Add root beer, and simmer until the liquid is reduced by half (to 1 cup), about 5 to 7 minutes. Remove your pan from the heat and cool the syrup completely. (The root beer concentrate and pie crust usually finishing cooling about the same time for me.)
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat together the eggs, sugar, and salt until combined. Mix in the root beer concentrate until everything is well combined. The mixture will be very runny.
  3. Place the pie plate on a baking sheet, and carefully pour the root beer mixture into the cooled pie crust.
  4. Bake pie for 22 to 27 minutes, or until the center of the pie will be set, but still slightly wobbly. Remove the pie from the oven and cool completely on a wire rack.
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together heavy cream, sugar, and vanilla until medium peaks form.
  2. Spread the whipped cream all over the top of the pie. (I like to leave about a ½-inch space around the edge of the pie so you can see the brown under the whipped cream.)
  3. Refrigerate until ready to serve, or at least 30 minutes.


  1. I am DRAGGING Mum to the kitchen to get her started on this, yum, yum drooooool!
    Loves and licky kisses
    Princess Leah xxx

  2. That sounds a most INTERESTING recipe!

  3. this sounds soooooo good, our grandpeeps would love it. stella rose

  4. Root beer does have a feeling of old-fashioned. I'm not a big fan of root beer, but I'd love to try in pie-form! It looks really yummy :-)

  5. This sound delicious. I may not make it for a while, but I am going to make a root beer float before the day is gone. You reminded me of how good they taste on a hot summer day and how long it has been since I've had one.

  6. Gigantic yums! This sounds absolutely amazing. I've always adored the taste of root beer, too. It's classic and comforting, refreshing and distinct. Thank you for sharing this creative pie recipe with us, dear Kate.

    xoxo ♥ Jessica

  7. That pie looks delicious!
    We don't have root beer here, I can't even imagine what it tastes of.
    Lynne x

  8. That pie looks very yummy! We don't have root beer in Belgium though. I'm loving the vintage ads! xxx

  9. Oh, man - that sounds amazing! I have to share that book title with my sis - she's the pie queen in our family.

    I'm with you - I don't really drink much soda, but I love a root beer every now and then, and there's nothing like a root beer float on a hot day!

  10. We don't have root beer here, so I have no idea what it's like but your pie does look scrumptious! xx

  11. Sound delicious! I love root beer, and root beer floats! I'm not a heavy soda drinker myself but I am a sucker for root beer or "fruit" flavored sodas ;)

  12. I have never, ever had root beer. I did have sarsaparilla though, I thought that sounded like the best thing ever as a child and upon tasting it, hated it!


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