Buy My Book



  • Grannyisms


  • Buy Paul & Pap's Music


  • Mountain Folk

  • www.flickr.com

« Cloud Burst | Main | Speak Like An Appalachian »

June 26, 2013

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00e54ffe2ad38833019103bd3863970c

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference Float:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.


Ed-LOL-no I cant milk a cow-but I bet I could learn! Now if I just had a cow!


Blind Pig The Acorn
Celebrating and Preserving the
Culture of Appalachia
www.blindpigandtheacorn.com

Sounds like a must have book...I'll be looking at City Lights Bookstore for them! Thanks for the post:)

Our Bro Tom LOVES boiled custard which this sounds like. Boiled custard use to be available in the grocery stores around the holidays, but we have trouble finding it anymore. Luckily, it's not that hard to make. We never called it Float though, but I can understand why one might call it that IF the floating meringue islands are floating on top, but if they aren't, continuing to call it that is difficult to understand.

Our Dad was a milkman, so milk and ice cream were readily available to us. We often had Root Beer Floats, but my favorite is a Root Beer Cooler which some call a Brown Cow or a Root Beer Blend, where you put all the ingredients for a Root Beer Float into a glass or blender, then blend it all up until smooth. If you haven't had one of those, it's wonderful, and I hope you'll try it.

I have diabetes, and I make it with diet Root Beer and no-sugar-added vanilla ice cream; it's still wonderful. LOL

God bless.

RB
<><

I've had a few root beer floats that really improved a hot summer afternoon, but not recently. Thanks for reminding me!
This sounds like a delicious treat. I've made lots of eggnogs (love my hens, too!) but never a cooked custard-type thing. Now I'm tempted.

This sounds a lot like the eggnog that my Mom used to make only I don't remember that she cooked the eggs. She did sprinkle nutmeg over it. We always had our own eggs and an abundance of them so had the eggnog, especially when my little brother came down with rheumatic fever and was so dreadfully ill. He needed iron and calories to build him up again and eggnog was one thing Mom used. Rich custards is another thing Mom cooked. Before Mom and Dad married Mom was a domestic for a couple of rich families in Des Moines. One dessert the children loved for Mom to cook was custard. I didn't like that too well growing up. We just had too many eggs so eating anything with lots of eggs in it became more difficult for me as the years wore on. Today I am much better but still don't choose to eat eggs if there is another choice.

Our Root beer floats are similar to what others have described: ice cream in a glass with root beer pop poured over. But we call them brown cows. They are a favorite with my grandchildren today.

I think I'll walk in to CVS and ask "Where's the soda fountain?" Reckon what kind of looks that'll get me?

You could also order a float at drugstore soda fountains, back when.

As others,my Mamma and my aunt used to make us floats with coke and ice cream.

Like Granny, I always thought floats were some flavor of soda pop (here in east Tx as kids we called it sodie water) poured over ice cream.The type of float u are talking about sounds more like eggnog without the whiskey.Sounds good tho.

A float was with butter pecan ice cream.This is what Grandma called a milkshake that you were lucky enough to get when you were sick and got to stay with Grandma and grandpa.Thanks I haven't thought of it in years.Debbie

My husband's mother makes it every Christmas & calls it "boiled custard." She sometimes serves it with fruit salad stirred in.

Yes. Momma made that a lot down here. We just called it vanilla custard. It was the precursor to lots of delicious dishes, even churned Ice cream.
After my grandpa got home from a long stay in the hospital, he was kindly puny. She brought him back up making him a gallon of this, enriched with extra eggs, and I took it to his house over in Greenville, SC every Sunday afternoon. He enjoyed a Dixie Cup-full every morning and evening the rest of his life.
I haven't thought about this in a long time. I wonder if you can make something like it with Stevia. Thanks.

Like Granny, a float to me is Coke, cream soda or root beer poured over ice cream. YUM!!

So now that you have chickens for your egg supply, when are you adopt a milk producer. It looks like it's going to be a good year for tops and fodder to feed one. Can you milk a cow?

This sounds like my egg nog recipe only with fewer eggs. Interesting!

Tipper,
Sounds like "eggnog"! I wonder what the difference in the ingredients are! I've never made either...only store boughten! Mom used to make it on occasion! Dad raised cane, didn't like wastin' eggs on eggnog as he didn't like it anyhow! LOL
I came from some good NC cooks and listened in on recipes as a young girl. I have never heard of "Float"...I wonder what part of NC that particular recipe originated from..
Oh we had plenty of homemade floats, rootbeer and coke floats. It was too expensive to go to the drug store fountain and buy them back then.
Thanks Tipper,
Mom always used nutmeg and or cinnamon on top of her nog! It was years before I aquired a taste for all those floating thickness of nog or float...I know one thing for shore...It surely will make you bloat...a bloat that is hard to get off, without walkin' uphill both ways!
'Course you don't have that problem!


By changing 1/3 of the milk to sweetened condensed milk and 2/3 of the milk to evaporated milk then baking in a water bath, you are on your way to flan, a traditional Mexican dessert.

In any case, Sohn's version of a float does sound scrumptious. I like the concept of warm egg nog. Must try it some cool winter night.

I wonder if, perhaps, sponge cake was "floated" in this custard. My Granny used to make a thin custard sauce to pour over pound cake or angel food cake. It is one of her recipes I wish I had.

On the other end of the temperature spectrum, Root Beer Floats are very popular here in the Texas heat. Oh, how I miss the A&W drive-ins and their frosty mugs!

Tipper,
One thing for sure is I already
have all those ingredients to make
a float. But I don't even crave a
Milkshake but about once a year. If
the float was chilled real thick,
it sure would be nice on these hot
days. You seem to always manage to
get my taste buds a wondering...Ken

The only float I ever heard of was the kind like Granny used to make using ice cream. With the simple ingredients, I'm surprised Mom never made it.

As children we would have a root beer float, made especially at the Woolworth Dime Store. I think your float sauce might just be wonderful over some special holiday cake or even a carrot cake. It sounds and looks so yummy!

No Never, it sounds good though

I've never had this before, but it reminds me a lot of the egg nog that my Daddy made each year for Christmas. It was served with nutmeg and a little cinnamon sprinkled on top. His had a little whiskey mixed in it too.

Nope, never heard of it. Sounds a lot like a warm eggnog. With it's ingredients it's bound to be good.
I glad the books turned out to be good. I look forward to browsing through them.

love ice cream floats...cant handle custard. my family makes custard at christmas only. i will share this and they will probably have to make some asap.

I've never had "Float" but I think I might like to try it. The other day I read that nutmeg is a mild hallucinogen. Maybe the name is appropriate! uP!uP! and awaaaaY!

Verify your Comment

Previewing your Comment

This is only a preview. Your comment has not yet been posted.

Working...
Your comment could not be posted. Error type:
Your comment has been saved. Comments are moderated and will not appear until approved by the author. Post another comment

The letters and numbers you entered did not match the image. Please try again.

As a final step before posting your comment, enter the letters and numbers you see in the image below. This prevents automated programs from posting comments.

Having trouble reading this image? View an alternate.

Working...

Post a comment

Comments are moderated, and will not appear until the author has approved them.

My Photo


  • All images and content are subject to copyright and are the sole property of Blind Pig & The Acorn. If you like what you see or read (I hope you do) and would like to use it please email me and ask at tipper@blindpigandtheacorn.com
    © 2008-2014
Blog powered by Typepad