Friday, June 14, 2013

Ice Cream Bread

A few of my posts lately have now been about ice cream, so while we are on the subject, how about making some ice cream bread???  Very easy, an odd recipe, but so much fun to let the kids make!

Now if you are smart, you can make this bread with just two ingredients.  But if you are like me and grab the wrong ingredients at the store, you'll have to add two more. 

2 cups premium vanilla ice cream, softened

11/2 cups self rising flour

Now, if you forget to grab the self rising flour, all purpose is fine, but you'll need to alter the recipe to this:

11/2 cups all-purpose flour plus 2 tsp baking powder and 1/2 tsp salt

1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray an 81/2 x 41/2 loaf pan with baking spray.

2. In large bowl, stir ice cream until smooth; stir in flour until just blended. Scoop into prepared pan. Bake 43 to 48 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

3. Cool on wire rack 10 minutes; invert loaf onto cooling rack. Serve warm or cool completely.
Now I tried this with Breyer's Vanilla ice cream, but I also tried it with chocolate.  And instead of just doing a plain chocolate, I used about 1 1/2 cups of Breyer's chocolate and 1/2 cup of mocha chip.  I mixed it all the same, with the flour, baking powder and salt, and then put it in the sprayed loaf pan and baked it at exactly the same temp and time. 
The breads both came out really good.  They were dense, almost cake-y, and a little sweet.  My husband said they would be perfect for a strawberry shortcake, and he is so right.  This is almost like a sweet flavored biscuit. 
I think I'd like to try new flavors sometime.  Maybe a Ben and Jerry's Chubby Hubby bread?  Cherry Garcia? How about a peppermint stick bread for the Holidays?  You could even do a plain vanilla, or another single flavor and add your favorite candies, nuts, or fruit.  The possibilities are endless.  Maybe some will work perfectly, some may be a bust, but it will be fun to try.  Let your kids pick the flavors and see what they come up with.  How fun would it be to invite a few of your kids' friends over for a cooking lesson, and they get to pick the flavors and mix ins!  Let me know if you try making this bread and let me know what ingredients you use.  Have fun!

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