Instawares Bakes: Ice Cream Bread

There are two things that are nigh-universally liked in America; bread and ice cream. The problem is, neither are traditionally diet-friendly and healthy; as Scott Pilgrim VS. The World famously reminded us in a line delivered by Michael Cera’s titular “hero”, “Bread makes you fat?” It’s nothing but carbs, at it’s basis. Ice cream, on the other hand, never has had any notions of being healthy. It’s milk, cream, eggs, and traditionally a variety of other ingredients to give it flavor.

At some point, someone realized something amazing. All bread is, at the source, is water and flour. Water can be replaced by another liquid, such as… melted ice cream. In Katrina’s Kitchen has a great recipe for ice cream bread. Wikipedia encourages three parts liquid to five parts flour for most yeast breads. Her recipe is largely simple.

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix 1.5 quarts of softened ice cream with 3 cups of self-rising flour.
  3. Pour in a pan and bake for 35 minutes.

It’s suggested to not use a low- or non-fat ice cream.

Have you already started to think of recipes that could use this bread? Just looking at what Ben & Jerry’s offers, a few ideas jump out.

  • Cinnamon Bun ice cream could become the basis of a good cinnamon bun bread.
  • Oatmeal Cookie Chunk could be a sweet and chunky way to keep this almost traditional bread-like.
  • Banana Split may be the beginning of a decent banana bread.
  • Coffee Caramel Buzz or Coffee Coffee Buzz Buzz Buzz may be the perfect thing for coffee cake bread.

Do you have any ideas for ice cream bread you’d like to share?