Ever since I saw the recipe for an ice cream bread on Charis's blog two years ago, it's been on my mind forever to try and make it.
The idea is simple, you take some left over ice cream, some flour and baking soda and a bit of sugar, mix it all together and bake it. And voila! You have something that's halfway between bread and cake. It's like magic.
You can imagine why I've been in awe of this recipe. I've just never ever got around trying it. And I know why - there's never any ice cream left over in my house. Between the cookie monster and me, I think this is a dangerous dangerous house for ice cream.
I am really terrible when it come to ice creams. I can easily polish off a whole tub in a sitting, let alone want to share it. I don't necessarily like to eat it plain, I'm happy making it into a sundae and sometimes even into an ice cream soda. So going by that logic, I should have already made this bread.
I confess, I did try once a few months ago. It came out terrible. It was rock solid and strange and I wondered what I'd done wrong. I realised I had over baked it and that I did not mix it enough, so this time armed with enough ice cream, I set about a second attempt.
I had some black currant ice cream leftover, so I used that but I'd recommend you use vanilla or chocolate to get the real deal. I also added a pinch of salt which was alright but in hindsight I wish I'd added another spoon of sugar.
You see, despite all that ice cream this bread is not sweet. No sir, it isn't. It's quite cakey and would do well with a nice dollop of butter and some jam.
You can ofcourse mix in whatever you'd like - sprinkles (like Charis does), chocolate chips, dried fruits, some nuts - just about anything you like to make it fancier.
I left mine plain, with the addition of some strawberries on top, just to pretty it up. But otherwise it's really quite straightforward. All you need to remember is not to melt the ice cream completely in the microwave and instead just soften it and beat in the flour mix, and then, the rest is magic
Ice cream bread
Adapted from here
2 cups good quality ice cream
1 1/4 cup flour
1 tsp baking soda
2 tblsp sugar
a pinch of salt
1. In a large bowl measure out the ice cream and pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds. Take it out and let it sit out.
2. In another bowl sift out the flour, baking soda and salt. Add the sugar to it.
3. With the help of a spoon, squelch the ice cream till it forms a smooth paste. Add in all the flour mix and whisk in well.
4. Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for about 30 minutes at 180 degree centigrade
5. Serve warm with some jam.
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