This Retro 2-Ingredient Dessert Is the Easiest Thing You’ll Bake This Year

We’re all on board with nostalgia. We adore it all, whether it takes the form of cute, limited-edition retro packaging, the reappearance of a much-loved menu item at a restaurant, or an old-fashioned recipe that is rediscovery in the social media era. That’s precisely what’s taking place at this very moment with a particularly unusual bread recipe. Ice cream bread is regaining popularity on the internet.

Ice cream bread
Ice cream bread

Ice cream is used to make ice cream bread, which also benefits from self-rising flour. (Alternatively, all-purpose flour and baking powder may be used.) You may make a pleasantly soft, gently sweet bread by combining the self-rising flour and melting ice cream. Place the mixture in a loaf pan that has been lined and bake it.

Although there are many ice cream bread recipes accessible online (we even have a few of our own), social media videos have made the bread more widely known. A 1978 cookbook contained a recipe for ice cream bread that TikTok user B. Dylan Hollis unearthed and recreated in a TikTok video that has been viewed by almost 20 million people this year. Since then, other TikTok users have experimented with the straightforward bread recipe.

Ice cream bread preparation instructions


Full-fat ice cream in two cups
Self-rising flour, 1 1/2 cups

Step 1

Grease and flour (or line) a loaf pan and preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C).

Step 2

In a bowl, combine the flour and ice cream until the flour is completely absorbed. Using a rubber spatula, spread the ice cream mixture into the prepared pan.

Step 3

Bake for 35 to 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Step 4

Before slicing, remove from the oven and let cool somewhat.

Making Ice Cream Bread: Some Tips

You can use any ice cream flavor, however, vanilla will provide the most flavor neutrality. I used butter pecan ice cream, added a dab of vanilla, and sprinkled cinnamon on top, says Allrecipes user Selma Wood. Delicious! Will undoubtedly perform again. Just be aware that the recipe won’t work if you use low-fat or sugar-free ice cream.

Margaret, an Allrecipes member, offers a simple substitution if you don’t have self-rising flour on hand: “I didn’t have any self-rising flour, so I substituted it with 1½ cups of flour combined with 2¼ tsp baking soda and ⅜ tsp salt.”

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