When Hayley Parker started her blog, The Domestic Rebel, in 2012 there wasn’t a notable changed in the baking world. Like many in this age of technology, Parker’s blog was a hobby and she was satisfied to send her recipes into cyberspace with little fanfare. But soon thirty visitors turned into thousands and her recipes went viral. Four years after starting The Domestic Rebel, Parker has continued her blog with the same goal she started with: to make baking fun and prove that you don’t need fancy ingredients or an industrial kitchen to bake something ooey, gooey, and delicious.
Out of the Box Desserts is Parker’s new cookbook, available from The Countryman Press August 2, 2016. The recipes in her cookbook transform everyday ingredients such as cake mix, refrigerated cookie dough, and – as with the Root Beer Float Pie featured here – good old fashioned root beer into delicious desserts that are perfect for a weekday night of Netflix or for blowing the socks off your dinner party guests. Parker includes recipes for everything from cakes and cookies to her famous brownie bombs, with flavors that are sure to bring out the sweet tooth in every home baker.
Root Beer Float Pie
Page 147, Out of the Box Desserts
¾ cup good quality root beer
½ cup milk or cream
1 (3.4-ounce) box instant vanilla
2 tablespoons root beer concentrate
1 (8-ounce) package Cool Whip, thawed
1 prepared graham cracker or vanilla wafer pie crust
Additional whipped cream and cherries for garnish, optional
Note: Don’t like root beer? Substitute the root beer and root beer concentrate with orange soda and orange extract for a cool creamsicle pie! For a different flavor, try using a chocolate cookie crust.
- In a large bowl, whisk together the root beer, milk, pudding mix, and root beer concentrate until combined and smooth, about 2 minutes or until thickened. Fold in the Cool Whip gently until completely incorporated. Make sure to get the bottom!
- Pour the filling into the prepared pie crust and smooth out the top. Freeze for approximately 8 hours or overnight before serving. If desired, garnish with additional whipped cream and cherries.
Hayley Parker is the blogger behind The Domestic Rebel, a dessert blog dedicated to creating delicious recipes using readily available ingredients. Her work has been featured on The Huffington Post, Ladies Home Journal, and Morning Express with Natasha Curry. She lives in Sacramento, California.
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