Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Baking for Beginners: Ice Cream Bread

Ice cream bread has been doing the rounds of this here internet malarkey for the past few days, and obviously my Foodie-sense (like Spidey-sense, but way better) went into overdrive at the mere whiff of a new vaguely bonkers recipe to try.

BUT WAIT! STOP AND THINK! COLLABORATE AND LISTEN! It isn't bonkers at all: ice cream has all the bits you need to make a sweet bread (not sweetbread, actual boak-town), namely fat, eggs, and sugar - all we have to do is add some self-raising flour and ta-da! BREAD. Using two ingredients. TWO.

I used honeycomb ice cream, but you can use whatever flavour you like! I've fiddled with the quantities a little to suit my own loaf tin (selfish to the core), but it's a standard 2lb tin so you're bound to have one in the back of your cupboard.

Ice Cream Bread (makes one small loaf)
You will need:
  • 750ml ice cream, any flavour, softened 
  • 300g self-raising flour
  • Hundreds and thousands. Not literally hundreds and thousands of them, but loads.
Make it!
  1. Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4. Grease or line a 2lb loaf tin (9 x 5 x 2¾"/23 x 13 x 7cm).
  2. Combine the softened ice cream and the flour in a large bowl. Stir (no need to use a mixer!) until the ingredients are combined and you've got a doughy-looking mixture. Don't overwork it, not least because you'll end up with a broken wrist.
  3. Scoop the dough into your loaf pan, smooth the top with a spatula, and bake for 60-80 minutes in the centre of the oven. Use a toothpick or skewer to test whether or not it's baked through - whatever you poke in there should come out clean. 
  4. Leave to cool before turning out. Serve as you would normal bread - I toasted mine and plonked some butter and hundreds and thousands on top (like the Dutch delicacy of hagelslag on toast - they are geniuses, those Dutch people) for maximum ice creamy effect.

29 comments:

  1. Light bulb moment: In Singapore, the traditional ice cream vendors sell ice cream sandwiched between slices of white bread (presumably because wafers don't stay crisp in the humidity). So, extrapolate with me... ice cream between two slices of ice cream bread... Slam dunk.

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    1. Oh my goodness, an ice cream bread ice cream sandwich... YES!

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  2. It's like fairy bread taken to a whole new extreme!

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    1. I had to google fairy bread but yes, you're right! The Aussies join the Dutch in being my sprinkles heroes!

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  3. Mind. Offically. Blown

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    1. Mine was too, Louise - it's so delicious!

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  4. Hagelslag is amazing, we used to eat it at my brother's Godfathers house in Holland for breakfast, oliebollen is also a yummy Dutch food :)

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    1. I just googled Oliebollen - a must-try for me, I reckon! Yummy.

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  5. Hagelslag is one of my favourite things to say.

    This is amazing. Sometimes I think Laura B lives in a world of dream food like that magical land everyone goes to in the Magic Faraway Tree.

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    1. I wish I did live in Dream Food World. It sounds good there. Tasty.

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  6. Hundreds and thousands of what?

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    1. Hundreds and thousands - that's what us UK types call sprinkles.

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    2. Haha! Here I thought we spoke the same language. Placing this in my fun fact folder.

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  7. You can use yogurt in a similar recipe, fantastic for using up yogurt before it goes off!

    Alice

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    1. Ooh, good tip, Alice. I'll try that soon.

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  8. Hmm. This looks horrible. In fact it looks SO horrible, that I'm going to have to make it, just to PROVE how horrible it is. ;-)

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    1. Please report back with your dastardly findings!

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    2. Hee hee - enjoy your *research*!

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  9. p.s. im going to make this tonight!

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    1. Let us know how it turns out, Holly!

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    2. It turned out amazingly like a giant scone! Very impressed with the recipe - and the friend I was visiting now thinks I'm really alternative :)

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  10. Holly Foster, did you swear in your post that was removed? I did when I saw this so you're in good company! :)

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    1. Inspiring a good ol' swear from DS readers makes me very happy indeed!

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    2. Haha! We never delete swearing comments, if the swearing isn't at us (and y'know, about ICE CREAM BREAD), we don't mind in the slightest. I think this was a duplicate comment.

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    3. Yo - it was me replying twice and trying (and failing) to cover it up.

      Not as subtle as I'd hoped..

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  11. This... could work. I am definitely trying this next time I have both an oven and a freezer (I currently have neither :()

    Also, I live in the Netherlands and yet still can't get on board with the whole hagelslag thing... I think it might be ok if it was actually on toast, but here they tend to eat it on bread (with butter). The choice in the supermarkets is mesmerising though!

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  12. My mum always made us bread ice cream - ice cream with bread in it.
    Now imagining bread ice cream ice cream bread.
    *head spin*

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    1. Could we make a bread ice cream sandwich with ice cream bread?

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