My mother called me the other day and said, “Have you ever heard of ice cream bread?”
Seriously? What the heck is that?
That just sounds wrong. So I said, “What the heck is that?”
She said, “I was reading in one of my household tip magazines that you can just mix ice cream and self rising flour, and it makes bread. I thought maybe it would be fun to make.”
Not for her, of course. The fun for her is waiting for me to be the guinea pig, and if it turns out, maybe she will try it.
OK, sure, I’m game.
Now I was stuck trying to figure out what flavor would be good to try.
My 13 yo son insisted that we try chocolate ice cream, but I was not really sure how well that would turn out. Vanilla might be a little too safe. So we decided to try two loaves, using chocolate and butter pecan. Haagen-Dazs of course. My mother read that it turns out better if you don’t use cheap ice cream.
So how did it turn out? Well first let me just say that I could also call this “Ugly Bread.” I know it is partly, well totally, my fault. The recipe didn’t say how melted the ice cream needed to be. I should have let it totally liquify, because the flour wasn’t totally incorporated into the bread.
However. The butter pecan one is DELICIOUS. I could have eaten the entire loaf in one sitting. The chocolate one is good, but I would maybe add a little cocoa to intensify the chocolate flavor. I think it could be delicious right now with some ice cream and chocolate syrup. The texture of this stuff is great, like banana bread.
I wonder what rum raisin or pineapple coconut would be like? What flavors would you try?
- 2 cups of softened ice cream, any flavor
- 1½ cups of self rising flour
- Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease an 8.5"x4.5" pan. (anything from 8x4-9x5 will work).
- In a mixing bowl, mix together the softened ice cream and the self rising flour, until combined. Do not over mix, just until combined.
- Using a spatula, pour into the prepared loaf pan and smooth out the top with the spatula.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out relatively clean with just a few crumbs.
- Remove from oven and allow to sit for about 5 minutes.
- Remove from the pan and allow to cool the rest of the way on a cooling rack.
- Enjoy warm or at room temp.
- Only keeps for 2-3 days.