Baileys Root Beer Float with Maple Candied Pecans

So after starting the day right, a brekky shake with every high value nutritional ingredient imaginable, a morning workout and stir fried kale and tofu for lunch, I decide to end this great day with something so full of fat and calories it’s enough to make me cry if I think about it too long. Which is why I do tend to block it out rather than make good decisions, so here it is.

I was fast running out of posts in the bank and needed something for today. All I really had was salad and dad seemed to think if I posted one more salad my readers would leave in droves. So, this should fix your little wagon. Everything you shouldn’t eat (too often) wrapped up in one, deliciously naughty package.

Gotta love a root beer float! But do you?

Is anyone else in Australia crazy about floats or is it just the Americans and one strange Aussie? It’s definitely not a thing here, is it? Does anybody drink them? I have seen them on menus of wannabe American BBQ or diner type establishments but am yet to see anyone over the age of 9 order one.

So if you haven’t never tried one, or just think you hate them, please reconsider. At places like IGA you can get natural USA sugar cane root beer brands such as Jones or Boylan. They are delicious sodas and make a huge difference when making a float. And with a generous slug of Baileys, this drink/dessert is perfect for a Friday night. Have a great weekend.

Makes 4

4 bottles of good quality natural sugar cane root beer
8 scoops vanilla ice cream
180ml or 4 shots of Baileys

Candied Pecans
1 cup pecan halves
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tbs 100% maple syrup

Preheat your oven to 180°C. First you will need to candy your pecans, to do this heat sugar and syrup over a medium heat and stir until sugar dissolves. Allow to cool slightly and then add nuts and toss to coat. Place on a baking tray and bake for about 10 minutes or until golden. Allow to cool.

To make your float, add two scoops of ice cream to each highball glass. Pour over a shot of Baileys and then slowly pour over the root beer so it fizzes and foams.  You can either roughly chop your nuts and sprinkle on top or just serve them with.


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