This super easy sweet quick bread is just 2 ingredients. And you can easily make different flavors. It’s a great bread to bake when you have minimal ingredients on hand.
This bread, sometimes referred to as ice cream bread, is made with just ice cream and self-rising flour (and if you don’t have self-rising flour you can easily make your own). I have been making this recipe for years and thought this would be a good time to share it.
- Full Fat Ice Cream (any flavor of your choice)
- Self-Rising Flour (or you can make your own with all purpose, baking powder and salt)
Why it Works
Ice cream contains ingredients like eggs and dairy, which are ingredients usually needed to make a quick bread. So the bread works by basically using the ingredients contained in the ice cream.
Texture of the Quick Bread
The bread has a firmer crumb than your typical quick bread cake, but it still more cake-like so I consider it a sweet quick bread.
Best Type of Ice Cream to Use
For the ice cream, you want to stick with something that is full fat. This is because the recipe is using the ingredients in the ice cream to create the bread. You can choose whatever flavor ice cream you prefer. I like using a strong flavor because that flavor is then tasted in the bread itself.
So if you use chocolate ice cream, your quick bread will taste like chocolate bread. My favorites so far have been chocolate, pumpkin pie and salted caramel.
More Easy Quick Bread Recipes
2 Ingredient Quick Bread
- 3 (packed) cups full fat ice cream
- 2 ¼ cups self-rising flour (see note for making your own)
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease or line the interior of an 8 inch x 4 inch loaf pan.
- Add ice cream to a large mixing bowl. Let ice cream melt and come to room temperature. You can also soften it for a few second in the microwave to speed up the melting process. Stir in the flour until thoroughly combined. Your batter should be thick.
- Pour into prepared baking pan. Bake for about 60-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let bread cool fully before slicing and serving.
- Please make sure to use full fat ice cream as the recipe relies on the ingredients used to make the ice cream for the recipe.
- Try to choose a strong flavored ice cream like chocolate or caramel. If you choose a more subtle flavor, your bread will come out more plain.
- When measuring the 3 cups of ice cream, scoop out unmelted ice cream and pack it into the measuring cup.
- If you don't have self rising flour, mix together 2 1/4 cup all purpose flour, 3 tsp baking powder and 3/4 tsp salt
The nutrition information provided are only estimates based on an online nutritional calculator. I am not a certified nutritionist. Please consult a professional nutritionist or doctor for accurate information and any dietary restrictions and concerns you may have.
Sounds super. Making it tomorrow for sure. I have vanilla ice cream and will attempt it with that. What a great idea Kirbie ! Thank you, your recipes are awesome. Greetings from Pakistan ?? ?
We hope you love it!
Would it work with maple walnut ice cream? Thank you for this post as I’m am trying new things and this sounds delicious.
That would be a great flavor to try!
Haven’t tried it yet, but wondering if I can count a pint of ice cream as two cups without measuring, or does the ice cream go into the pint container as liquid measurement and therefore slightly different?
We recommend using 3 cups of packed ice cream for this recipe.
Love the idea that it is so simple. Would it work with gluten-free flour and xanthan gum? If so, do you or any of your readers have a good idea of how much xanthan gum to add? Thanks!
We haven’t tried that, but maybe other readers will chime in with suggestions.
This looks great! I am wondering if it would make a good easy sandwich type bread. I know I would have to use a really mild ice cream so it would not be too sweet. Suggestion of what flavor? If not, do you have a very simple, very few ingredients recipe for an easy sandwich bread? Something that will not fall apart when cutting it? And tasty too? Thank you so much for your recipes. I will try this one too.
You might like to try our Peanut Butter Bread instead. It’s not too sweet and would be good for sandwiches.
This is awesome
Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.
Can you make this with low sugar ice-cream? I would love to make this bread.
The bread works best with full-fat ice cream – as far as low sugar if you try that your bread won’t be as sweet. We haven’t tried it, so let us know how it worked for you.
Finally a home made bread i can make that taste great!!!
Thank you so much for the recipe and how to make it.
Im going to definitely try more of your recipes.
Are you going to make a cookbook?
Thanks for the nice comment!
I really have wondered other ways to bake asides from the conventional and I’m glad seeing this article. Gonna try with whole wheat flour and chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream. I hope it comes out great?
Hope you like it!
Great recipe!! I’m gonna try it now!!
Will keep you posted on the results
Hope you love it!
Would this be a good bread alternative for a pre diabetic diet?
We recommend checking with your doctor or a health nutritionist for that information.
Great idea. Serve warm with extra scoop of ice cream ? on top.
THIS SOUNDS WONDERFUL
I hope you enjoy
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I’m so glad you enjoyed!