Ice Cream Bread – does it work?

You may have read about “magical” ice cream bread recently – or maybe you’ve heard of it before? I stumbled across it here, and followed the trail to a recipe here. The idea is that you simply mix ice cream with self raising flour, bung it in the oven and you get sweet, delicious bread. Sceptical? So was I…

This recipe from The Hungry Housewife says to use two cups of ice cream to one-and-a-half cups of self raising flour, mix and bake in a loaf tin at 350F (about 175C) for about 45 minutes.

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Apparently full-fat ice cream works best, and you can use any flavour you like, so I decided to try it with Bulla Cookies & Cream. Yum.

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So, ice cream and flour in a bowl…

icb3 …mix it together when the ice cream has softened and it forms a gloopy (grey) paste. Put it into a loaf tin (I coated mine with cooking oil spray first) and bake. After 35 minutes it looked done and a skewer came out clean so I took it out to cool.

icb4 The end-result was nowhere near as risen or smooth as in the pictures accompanying the recipe, and I wonder if this was because my ice cream wasn’t completely melted when I mixed it.

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Well…it looks like bread. It has the texture of cake. It tastes of…not a lot really. Would be better covered in butter…but this applies to bread too. Perhaps I should have tried with a stronger flavour of ice cream, like chocolate.

Not a complete disaster, but I won’t be trying again. Let me know if you have more luck.

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2 Responses to “Ice Cream Bread – does it work?”

  1. Thanks for linking to my recipe. Yes, I do believe your ice cream needed to be much more softened prior to mixing to allow better distribution of the flour.
    And chunkier types of ice-cream, i.e. cookies and cream would make the loaf more not as smooth.
    This isn’t going to taste or have the consistency like a standard bread since you are not using yeast and all the other components of a traditional bread. Some people LOVE this recipe and some people can leave it like yourself.
    I agree, butter is better with everything!

  2. Hiiii! I just tried this recipe last night for the first time (same one as yours) and I also used cookie dough! Mine turned out really well, I really like the taste and so does my family. Although I do feel like your problem was not melting the ice cream enough. It DOES say soften it but what it SHOULD say it MELT IT! I put a cup of icecream in the microwave for 30 seconds, then repeated with another cup. It basically turned into an ice cream soup. Mixed the flour with it and it was a runny, batter like consistency. Mine rose nicely and surprisingly did look like the photographs, and Im not usually one to make a recipe that actually looks like the picture! Haha. So my advice to you is dont hold bad feelings towards this recipe. Maybe try it again one day!

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