Canada Chronicles - Part IV: The Episode of the Cream Soda Pie
Em found a Buzzfeed video during our travels of root beer pie. Yup, that's right, pie made of Root Beer. Naturally I wanted to try to make some, and I had been itching for a reason to go out and get some milk bags. More on that in a bit... So off to the local No Frills we went, searching for some heavy cream, root beer, milk bags and pie crust. I splurged and put brown sugar, butter and bread crumbs on the list to make a crumb crust and we set off to pick up the loot!
Walking by the dairy section we stopped to find the milk and cream. The cream was how I'm used to, in cartons with labels like whipping cream, and light cream. We picked whipping, it was closest to heavy cream, which No Frills didn't have.
Now comes the interesting part. The milk...
In Safeway, ShopRite or other places, you've probably seen 1%, 2% and whole milk, right?
Enter 3.25% milk! Yes, 3.25%, not 3, not 3.5... 3.25% milk on the dot.
I can just imagine the guy at the dairy farm saying "3% is too little, thou shalt not keep the fat at 3. 3.5% is too much, put 3.5% in the pot and thou shalt most surely be put to death!"
Then the Holy Grail of milk habits: the milk bags. Yes, Canada puts their milk in bags. Actual bags. Not cartons, or bottles, but plastic. bags. Each one is a liter, so it's convenient. We got a bag of three milk bags, and headed off to get the root beer.
Sadly, the store knew nothing of good root beer, which only comes in glass bottles. The cans are for the bourgeoisie, Mug, A&W and Barq's are best used as filler for a fake gin and coke on a movie set, where taste means nothing but fizz and color are necessary. Luckily, there were glass bottles of Cream Soda, so we snagged those.
Off to get some miscellaneous snacks! Which, of course meant Ketchup chips.
Back at our luxurious flat with Andre and Abe, who granted us the use of their kitchen, we set out to work! I filmed a silly video, which I'll put up if enough people want me, so if you're seeing this poke me, comment if you want to see it!
Melting, cooking, and cleaning were a sinch! It took approximately an hour max, and during that time, Abe made us a drink that was very bitter with a liquor made of orange peels, gin and other mixers that was apparently popular in the '20s.
It was fun, interesting, and ended with a pie in a freezer, and an accomplishment for all of us! As for how it tasted, tune in for Canada Chronicles, episode 5!