What do you get when you combine softened ice cream and self-rising flour? Ice cream bread! Ice cream is made of cream, sugar, and eggs, and self-rising flour consists of flour, salt, and baking powder. Therefore, when you mix these two ingredients, you get a recipe for a simple and easy moist ice cream bread. This is the most clever baking shortcut ever!
The Ice Cream
The best thing about making ice cream bread is that the variations are endless. You can use any type of ice cream flavor. Though, it is recommended that you stick with more rich flavors like butter pecan as classic flavors like vanilla or chocolate can result in bland ice cream bread. Also, stick with full-fat ice cream versus a lighter version. Low fat ice cream contains less sugar and will make your bread flavorless. It is also recommended that you let the ice cream melt on its own rather than in the microwave. Letting the ice cream melt on its own will give you an airier and easier to pour batter.
- 1 cup ice cream
- 3/4 cup self-rising flour
- First, preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- In a mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup of self-rising flour and add 1 cup of softened ice cream. Mix well until batter is smooth.
- Grease an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with butter or cooking spray and pour in the batter.
- Bake for 25 minutes. Check to see if the bread is done baking by using the classic toothpick trick. Insert a toothpick in the middle of the loaf, and if it comes back clean, the bread is ready to be taken out of the oven.
Feel Free to Experiment
Since baking ice cream bread is less traditional than other types of recipes, you can experiment with ice cream flavors. You can even add two kinds of ice cream flavors if you’re feeling creative. Additionally, to add a little moisture, toss in some fruit like mashed bananas or apples to the bread batter. Although you can achieve ice cream bread with two ingredients, don’t be afraid to add more. Many people have found that adding 1 tablespoon of sugar resulted in a more cake-like bread. The amount of ingredients depends on personal preference.