Magical ice cream loaf – 2 ingredients!

Ice cream loaf

Make a delicious tea loaf with just two ingredients.

Here’s something fun to try with your mini chefs. Bake a sweet loaf using just ice cream and flour, and enjoy it warm from the oven. Or slice it and make an awesome peanut butter and jam sandwich. You can also use a slice as a base for strawberries and whipped cream or bananas and chocolate sauce. Let your imagination take you on a taste safari!

First, this recipe is easy. But that doesn’t mean there’s no work involved. You have to read the recipe ahead to plan your strategy, prepare your pans, measure your ingredients and assemble them. Then, clean your kitchen. I don’t know about you, but I can’t do a thing in the kitchen without making a mess.

These are all things a young baker needs to master. A good cook needs to learn time management to get a good dinner on the table. This recipe is a fun place to start.

Kids will be delighted to see what they can bake from a bowl of ice cream. The secret is that ice cream is already a processed food, prepared from eggs, cream, sugar, and flavorings. Half the work is already done for you. Let’s take it the rest of the way!

Ice cream loaf

Ice Cream Loaf
Makes one small loaf, yielding 8 one-inch slices

  • 2 cups of your favorite flavor of ice cream ( I used pralines and cream)
  • 1 1/2 cups (180 grams) of self-raising flour (or add 1 1/2 teaspoons of baking powder to all-purpose flour)
  • one loaf pan, 8 x 4-1/2 x 3 inches deep
  • parchment paper, cut to fit
  • oil to prepare pan or oil to spray, like Pam
  • rubber spatula
  • wire rack
Ice cream loaf

This is all you need.

  1. Preheat oven to 350C.
  2. Measure the ice cream carefully. Push the frozen scoops firmly into the bottom of the measuring cup, eliminating air spaces. Empty the ice cream into a large mixing bowl and let it melt at room temperature.
  3. Measure the flour and whisk in the baking powder and salt if you need them.
  4. Prepare your loaf pan. I rub a little oil onto the bottom and sides with a bit of paper towel, then I cut a piece of parchment paper to fit into the bottom. I finish with rubbing a little more oil onto the paper. You can also just spray the pan with Pam if you have it, and be done with it.
  5. When the ice cream has melted, thoroughly mix the flour into it using a rubber spatula. My hand mixer was not needed. The dough is quite thick, almost like a biscuit dough. Scrape the dough into the baking pan and smooth the top.
  6. Turn the oven setting to “Bake”, put the pan in the oven, and bake for 40-45 minutes, until a wooden pick comes out clean when pressed into the center of the loaf.
  7. Cool the pan on a wire rack for a few minutes. Run a knife around the edges of the loaf to loosen it from the pan. When you can safely handle the pan, invert it over the wire rack to dislodge the loaf. Slice and enjoy!


This is a sweet loaf, not a bread loaf. It has at least 11 grams sugar in each slice, depending on the ice cream flavor you used. It should be considered a dessert, not the main course :). Also there are 9 grams of fat, about half of them saturated, and 29 grams of white carbohydrates.

It adds up to about 220 calories per slice. I wouldn’t want to splurge on this because it is a source of calories, some of which come with little in the way of nutrients.

On the plus side, you get 5 grams of protein, which can soften the affect of sugar in the blood stream. Protein also builds muscle. The 91 milligrams of calcium in each slice helps keep bones and teeth strong. A decent supply of vitamin A and folate also come in each piece.

Ice cream loaf

Dress up your slice with peanut butter and jam. Or top it with strawberries and whipped cream. Yummy!


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