Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Ice Cream Bread


Yes...the title of this post is correct.  Yes....the picture above is a picture of bread...made of ice cream.  Say what?!  Did Libby just say made of ice cream??  I sure did say that.

 Let me tell you how I found about this recipe.  My friend, Courtney, called me one evening a couple of weeks ago to tell me about it.  She said she was out shopping at a pottery store and came across a really cute loaf pan.  Inside the loaf pan was a recipe card for Ice Cream Bread.  As soon as she saw it she said to herself, "Libby has got to know about this recipe!"  Needless to say, when she told me...I was shocked as all get out! 

Why was I so shocked??  Well....I'm about to tell y'all...........

You only need two ingredients to make this bread........self rising flour and 2 cups of your favorite of ice cream.

That's it!  Really....that's it.  When she told me about this, I was blown away.  I just knew I had to try it out and see for myself if flour and ice cream can produce a wonderful treat.  Sure enough....they can!

Not only is this recipe simple, but it's also versatile.  Just think of all the flavors of bread you can make with it....Butter Pecan Ice Cream Bread...Pistachio Ice Cream Bread...Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Bread.  When it's fall season...you can make Vanilla Ice Cream Bread with pumpkin and cinnamon mixed in....or when Christmas rolls around, you can make Peppermint Ice Cream Bread.  The possibilities are literally endless!  The one in the above picture is Turtle Ice Cream Bread...made with Turtle flavored (chocolate chunks, caramel, pecans, and vanilla) ice cream. 

Ours also came out with a scone-like texture...which would be perfect to serve as a breakfast treat or an evening treat with coffee or tea. 

Can it get any easier then this??  I think not dear friends.  I think not.  Try it and see for yourself ;) 

Ice Cream Bread

(makes one 8x4 loaf)


Ingredients:
2 cups of your favorite ice cream, softened
1 and 1/2 cups of self rising flour

Directions:

1.  Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
2.  Grease and flour an 8x4 inch loaf pan.
3.  Mix the ice cream and flour together in a bowl just until combined.  Smooth it out so it looks even.
4.  Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
5.  Cool for a while and then serve.
6.  Store in the fridge.

**Libby's Tip:  For best results, use full-fat ice cream.
It should also be noted that some flavors of bread will come out stronger tasting then others.  For a bolder and not so plain flavor...it is recommended to go with bold flavors of icecream such as peanut butter or butter pecan.  Don't forget, you can also add extra ingredients into the mix to make it less plain and more flavorful :)  Experiment and have fun with it!  That's what it's all about ;)  

Recipe Source:  My friend, Courtney...who in turn, snatched it off a loaf pan :)


41 thoughtful comments around the table:

  1. Seems difficult to believe you can make bread with ice cream, and only two ingredients. I can't imagine not trying it. Does it matter how soft the ice cream is, or just soft enough to mix with the flour? ~ thanks, tom

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  2. Oh my flipping heck!
    Shut the front door and call your momma!
    I am so making this!!
    Thanks for sharing! Tell Courtney thanks too! :)

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  3. OH my more bread to try love it !!! The Bread Fairy Smiles : )

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  4. This looks like one of those recipes that you just have to try to know it's "for real". Totally amazing!!

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  5. OMG, I have to try this now!!! I think I have rocky road in the freezer, oh yum!!! Thanks so much for sharing, I am also a new follower on facebook thanks to Larky!

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  6. Thank you everyone ;) I had to try it to believe it and found out that it's definitely true ;)
    @Tom-We just scooped two cups of icecream out, put it in a bowl, and left it on the counter until it was soft enough to mix with the flour.
    @Jenna-Welcome to Cooking With Libby ;) That Lark is something else isn't she? ;)

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  7. Oh my word!!! I do not even know what to say about this. It is just amazing! I have a TON of ice cream in the freezer, I know what I am doing with it now!

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  8. Hi Libby! Wow, just 2 ingredients?? That's amazing!! I have to try this!! It sounds good and looks simply amazing. :)

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  9. Well if that don't beat all!!!! Unreal - you know this is gonna be a 'hot' one on the net now. =D Thanks for sharing. Be sure to thank Courtney too. =) I can't wait to try it.

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  10. Oh my goodness Libby! This is so good! Thanks for the post.

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  11. Yummy sounds good I will ask to make it nice blog I will follow it.

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  12. What a clever idea! I love that you served it with ice cream :)

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  13. Wow! What a concept! I've never heard of this before, but boy, I love the idea :)

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  14. Thank you everyone ;) @Marsha-I have thanked Courtney already for the recipe ;)

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  15. I so love this! My mother is going to be thrilled with this one as well! It really doesn't get easier than this and so quick an easy ~ perfect for a last minute throw together but yet, will surely please everyone! And I love that it will be great to have the little ones make! Thanks for sharing!

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  16. I was so excited to make this and I don't know if I somehow messed up or what, but I thought it was boring. (How do you mess up when there is 2 ingredients! I don't know if the ice cream I used which was "Drumstick" was too vanilla or what. I might try it again with something not so vanilla. Serving it with ice cream and whip cream was an improvement. My hubby enjoyed it. So it wasn't bad at all, I just found it boring.

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  17. @Nants-You are welcome for sharing ;) I hope you enjoy it ;)
    @Anonymous-Depending on what flavor you use, it can be boring. It is recommended to try some bold flavors such as peanut butter and vanilla or butter pecan. Also, keep in mind that you can always add other ingredients to the mix to make it less boring ;)

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  18. I have to admit, I was cautiously optimistic trying this out. Surely it couldn't be so easy. But I tried it yesterday, and am now completely happy to recommend mint chocolate chip bread! It's so delicious, despite being a magical shade of green. Thanks for the recipe!

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  19. @Kathryn-You are very welcome :) I will have to keep the mint chocolate chip flavor in mind for next time ;)

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  20. I'm dreaming of rum raisin bread. Hope to give it a whirl soon. Thanks, Libby!

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    1. Yummm Mindy ;) Hope you enjoy it ;)

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  21. Hi Libby, thanks for sharing this idea. I plan to try making this recipe, but can I use white wheat flour instead?

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    1. I have never tried it with white wheat flour. I'd say go for it and see what happens :) It's always fun experimenting with recipes ;)

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  22. I really need to try this...I had a recipe several years ago for Melted Ice Cream Cake that was similar to this. Very simple and basic but it turned out to be a cake that would go up against the best poundcake ever and possibly come out on top! I want to make this and see how it compares :-D

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    1. Wow! That sounds like a wonderful cake Patti! Not sure how this bread will compare to it...but I hope it turns out well for ya :)

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  23. I bet this would be a hit to have several loaf's at a potluck...Would get all the
    ole' codger's ruffled...

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    1. It would be Kathy :) Just make sure you use bold ice cream flavors with full fat :)

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  24. This is very interesting! I must try it :) my friend who loves ice cream will also have to try it.

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  25. Do you know if you can make this recipe with Frozen Yogurt, sherbert, or Sorbet as well? Sherbert or Sorbet would open up a whole bunch of options as far as fruit flavors go (can you imagine pineapple, yum!). And Fro Yo would make it a little less fat. Maybe I'll have to try the next time I have a little left over. :). Thanks for posting.

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    1. I am not sure if you can make this with frozen yogurt, sherbert, or sorbet. It's worth a try to find out though. I have never tried to make it with those ingredients but it would make for an awesome experiment :)

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  26. Are you kidding me?! How easy and delicious looking this bread is. I'd love it if you would share this at my Saturday Spotlight linky party. :)

    http://angelshomestead.com/saturday-spotlight-2-features/

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    1. Thanks for the invite April! I linked it up to the party ;)

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  27. I still cant get over how easy this bread is. I make homemade bread every week, but none of my recipes are this simple. I cant wait to try it with butter pecan ice cream. Thank you so much for sharing with Saturday Spotlight. Have a great week and come back soon!

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    1. You are welcome April :) Thank you for the invite! Hope you enjoy the bread :)

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  28. I am not sure why everyone is so surprised at this recipe. Ice cream is milk, eggs, sugar and flavor. So the 'bread' still has milk, eggs, sugar and flavor and flour. Yes it is clever but it also makes perfect sense.

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    1. It does make sense, however, I think the 'wow' factor of it all is that it only requires 2 ingredients :)

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  29. Do u need to refrigerate after u make it?

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