Vanilla Ice Cream Bread

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January 29, 2023
Andi GleesonJump to Recipe

I must insist that you try this Vanilla Ice Cream Bread! Melted ice cream plus a few other ingredients turns into a lightly sweet bread you’ll love!

I only recently learned that ice cream bread existed, and I’m so excited that I tried it! You can make it with any flavor ice cream you’d like, but for my trial run, I chose vanilla. Now, typically, if you ask me to choose between chocolate and vanilla, I’ll give you a blank stare and wonder why that would even be a choice. Chocolate all the way! I did eventually make chocolate ice cream bread, but I thought I would start simple with vanilla and then get funky later. I was kind of skeptical that this would even work and didn’t know how it would taste.

Vanilla Ice Cream Bread is so easy to make and tasty!

Let me tell you, this bread tastes GREAT! Ice cream bread is very lightly sweet and satisfying. After a piece (or three), I realized that it reminded me of the shortbread my aunt used to make for strawberry shortcake, so I decided that it would be even better topped with sliced strawberries and a scoop of, wait for it… vanilla ice cream! That’s when the magic really happened.

Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Strawberry Shortcake - a fun and easy summer dessert!

Lightly sweet ice cream bread topped with ripe berries and more vanilla ice cream is such an easy and satisfying summer dessert. I hope you will try it! This recipe is a good one for kids to help with or even make themselves because there’s nothing to it. Soften the ice cream, mix everything together, and bake. (Just make sure kids are safe around the hot oven.) This would also be a fun and unique addition to any bake sale. I’m sure it would sell out because everyone would be dying to try ice cream bread! I’m sure you’ll find lots of perfect occasions for this easy recipe. Be sure to let me know in the comments how you like it. :)

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Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Strawberry Shortcake

Vanilla Ice Cream Bread Recipe

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This simple bread recipe is great on its own or as a base for strawberry shortcake.

  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x

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Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 8 or 9″ loaf pan with cooking spray, and set aside.
  2. Stir ice cream and vanilla together until smooth. Add flour, baking powder, and salt, and stir until well combined. (You will think there’s too much flour at first, but just keep stirring. It will come together.)
  3. Transfer ice cream dough to prepared pan, and bake in preheated oven for approximately 45 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Toothpick inserted in center should come out mostly clean.
  • Author: Andi Gleeson
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 45
  • Category: Breads, Desserts
  • Cuisine: International
Andi Gleeson, food blogger

Andi Gleeson

Andi Gleeson is a passionate blogger and mom based in San Francisco who focuses on easy and delicious dinner recipes.

87 comments

Ivy Sew
10 years ago

Hi Andi,
I am so glad I chanced upon your blog when I googled for ice-cream bread. Your blog is wonderful and so informative especially for those busy mothers like us. Guess what? I have tried your ice-cream bread but it looks and tastes more like a cake.

Whatever it is, to me it’s a success and I am still learning how to bake, hahaha.. Yours looks so nice and delicious and from the look of it, I tell myself, wow, I am going to love this yummy bread! Will post my ice-cream bread in a day or two and if possible, do have a look at the pics. I am still trying to get the texture and look of your above bread. Your kind comment is greatly appreciated.

You have a great weekend ahead and warmest regards,
Ivy

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Ivy! You are so sweet! This is more like a quick bread, which is somewhere between cake and bread I would say. Did yours taste good? I’m sure it turned out perfectly! I’ll go check your blog to see if you posted your version yet. Hope you are having a good week!

Rebecca
10 years ago

Andi,

This Vanilla Ice Cream Bread looks delicious and I’m so glad my Blueberry Ice Cream Bread inspired you. Now you’ve inspired me to make the vanilla and top it with all kinds of goodness, this would be perfect for the 4th!

Rebecca

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks, Rebecca! I’ll be watching for your red white and blue ice cream bread post :)

Lesley F
10 years ago

After a long winter, it always needs to be perked up

Andi
10 years ago

True, Lesley! Thanks for stopping by :)

Annette
10 years ago

My car no longer has the new car smell and could use some help smelling better.

Andi
10 years ago

Good enough, Annette! A winner has been chosen for the giveaway, but I hope you can try some PERK in your car to freshen it up! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Pam Gurganus
10 years ago

Our car needs PERK vent wraps because we are a one car family and my husband works a very stinky job that leaves behind icky odors in the car!

Andi
10 years ago

Sounds like you need them for sure, Pam! The giveaway is ended and I will announce the winner soon, but I hope you get a chance to pick up some PERK for your car! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Alyssa
10 years ago

With my dog always in my car, my car could absolutely use this!!

Andi
10 years ago

I bet, Alyssa! Good luck in the giveaway, and thanks so much for entering!

tina reynolds
10 years ago

my hubby drives it sometimes and it smells like oil and grease

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Tina! I’m assuming he’s a mechanic and we’re not talking about his hygiene ;) Good luck in the giveaway, and thanks so much for stopping by!

Diana Mahnke
10 years ago

My car needs them because it smells like gas from the gas can in the trunk.

Andi
10 years ago

Yikes! I hope the PERKs help with that, and good luck in the giveaway, Diana!

Dianne
10 years ago

I hope i win !!!

Andi
10 years ago

Good luck, and thanks so much for stopping by to enter!

Lauren Watson
10 years ago

I accidentally let some smelly trash in my car over the weekend and now my car smells a little gross!

Andi
10 years ago

Yikes, Lauren! You need some air freshener for sure ;) Thanks for stopping by an entering!

Helga
10 years ago

I need this cuz my car has doggie odor.

Andi
10 years ago

Those dogs are nothing but trouble ;) Good luck in the giveaway, Helga!

Karen @TheMissingNiche
10 years ago

This looks wonderful and different! I love this recipe! Can’t wait to try it!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks so much, Karen! I hope you like ice cream bread too!

Dianne
10 years ago

So it will smell good, and the bread i just love.

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks, Dianne! I hope you are having a good week :)

Cori Westphal
10 years ago

I used to smoke in my car. I’ve since quit, but my car still smells like I didn’t. I’d love to try these!

coriwestphal at msn dot com

Andi
10 years ago

Let me know how they work out for you if you try them, Cori! Thanks for stopping by :)

Heather @ Sugar Dish Me
10 years ago

Because I want it to smell like this ice cream bread!!!

Andi
10 years ago

We should invent a new “Ice Cream Bread” flavor and pitch it to them. I’m sure you have even better baked good aromas you could suggest :) Thanks for coming over, Heather!

Dianne
10 years ago

This sounds wonderful !!!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks so much, Dianne!

Charlene
10 years ago

Oh my gosh, my car smells like my husband’s work. He works in a steel mill, and they work with the most horrible smelling oils to grease down the machines, and somehow it is always on him. Once he gets in the car, the car starts to smell like it too. Add to the mix my children and the various things they bring into the car, I definitely could use these, lol

Andi
10 years ago

OK, Charlene, you for sure the need it the most of anyone so far! Stinking oils and stinking kids sounds like an emergency situation ;) If you don’t win the giveaway, I hope you can find these air fresheners in a store near you to try out. Thanks so much for stopping by and entering!

gayla
10 years ago

I can’t have milk/ice cream – any idea if this will work using frozen yogurt?

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Gayla. I’m sorry but I’m really not sure! If it were me I would just try it, either with frozen yogurt or soy ice cream, but I can’t promise that it will turn out. Let me know how it goes if you do try it. Thanks so much for your visit!

Claire @ A Little Claireification
10 years ago

Of course I need these vent wraps in my car – I have three boys!! lol And I DEFINITELY need that bread. Yum! Pinning!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Claire! My two boys are enough. My car is a wreck!

Bobbie Smith
10 years ago

If you were sitting in my car you would surely know why we need this. We have old food smell, and my husband throws his work jackets in the backseat…need I say more…lol

Andi
10 years ago

I drove past a dead skunk with my PERK in the car, and the smell wasn’t even that bad. If it can work on skunk smell, your car will be no problem ;) Thanks so much for stopping by, Bobbie!

Angella
10 years ago

I have never heard of ice cream bread, but this sounds delicious. I bookmarked the recipe and can’t wait to try it out. This sounds like the perfect substitute for pound cake. Before you even mentioned strawberry shortcake that’s exactly where my mind went. #SITSblogging

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Angella! I think I’ll be making this a lot over the summer when there are so many berries available. I might even stir some in next time instead of just putting them on top! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Brandi Price
10 years ago

My husbands work/personal truck is in need of some good air fresheners…

Andi
10 years ago

Say no more, Brandi ;) Good luck in the giveaway!

khd
10 years ago

My car needs PERK vent wraps because I’m always on the go, eating in the car, so it doesn’t always smell the best in there.

Andi
10 years ago

Well, you can make it smell like a new car again OR vanilla ice cream if you are me :) Thanks so much for stopping by, and good luck in the giveaway!

Tiffany W
10 years ago

I need this for my car to help it smell better.

Andi
10 years ago

I hear that, Tiffany! Good luck in the giveaway, and thanks for stopping by :)

marie
10 years ago

I can almost smell that bread!

#sitsblogging

Marie @ In Our Happy Place

Andi
10 years ago

Does it smell like vanilla? ;) Thanks so much for stopping by, Marie!

Kelly
10 years ago

Wow, using ice cream to make bread is such a great idea, this looks amazing Andi and sounds really good!

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Kelly! I can’t take credit for the idea ;) I saw the recipe so many places that I don’t know what clever person came up with it first!

Liz
10 years ago

this recipe is far superior to the minty stuff I threw together a while back. Looks delish :-)

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Liz! I don’t know how I would like it with mint, but I’m interested to try chocolate. I think it would need extra cocoa powder.

Stephanie Bondlow
10 years ago

We are smokers, and the car could use some fresh scents.

Andi
10 years ago

Good luck, Stephanie! I hope these PERKs will help you :)

tina
10 years ago

For the ice cream bread I wonder if you can use different “flavors” of ice cream if it would work?

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Tina. Yes, you can use any flavors you want! I just wouldn’t expect the bread to be overly sweet no matter which flavor you choose. It just turns out moist and lightly flavored. Thanks so much for your question!

tina
10 years ago

Thanks Andi, Hope you have a good week!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks for stopping by, Tina! I hope to see you again soon :)

ELIZABETH C.
10 years ago

There are 3 smokers that drive the car. Yuck!!

Andi
10 years ago

That is a tough challenge, but I hope these air fresheners can help with that! Thanks so much for stopping by :)

Jennifer
10 years ago

My husband smokes~ HELP!

Andi
10 years ago

Oh man, you need help for sure! I hope these can help with that :p

theresa krier
10 years ago

i’ve never tried these but i’m sure they would help when the grandkids want to eat in the car when we’re traveling, thanks

Andi
10 years ago

Kids eating in the car always leads to spills (and smells). I hope you get a chance to try these out! Thanks for stopping by :)

Kristi
10 years ago

Unfortunately I’ve spilled quite a bit of coffee in my car, so its current scent could use some freshening up for sure!

Andi
10 years ago

I do love the smell of coffee, but maybe not old, spilled coffee. You need PERK for sure!

Angela McKean
10 years ago

My husband works with processing chicken all day…the car tends to pick up the smell…its so gross!!!

Andi
10 years ago

Yikes, you sure do need this, Angela! Thanks so much for stopping by and entering!

Angela McKean
10 years ago

I made the bread, and it was great! I let my strawberries sit in a little bit of sugar for a bit, before I made the whole dessert, and the juice soaked into the bread, and it was heaven!!!!

Andi
10 years ago

Ooh, that sounds delicious, Angela! I love the sugar-soaked berries too. So glad you liked it!

Sharon Kaminski
10 years ago

Yes, our car could use some refreshing.

Andi
10 years ago

I hear you, Sharon! Good luck in the giveaway :)

Carrie @Frugal Foodie Mama
10 years ago

Oh wow! This bread looks amazing! I would have never thought in a million years to make a bread with ice cream- genius!

Why does my car need Perks? A toddler and a teenager- ’nuff said, lol! ;)

Andi
10 years ago

Thank you, Carrie! I didn’t come up with the ice cream bread idea, but I was excited to finally try it! So easy and tasty :)

Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor
10 years ago

Wow, this vanilla ice cream bread looks perfect with strawberries and whipped cream!

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks so much, Ashley!

Paula
10 years ago

bahahaha!! My car smells like old fries, chicken nuggets (that got lost between the seats) and smelly tennis shoes!! Are these great? I love the Absolute Zero!

Andi
10 years ago

I haven’t tried the Absolute Zero yet, but I’ll do that one next! We mom boys definitely need all the air freshening we can get!

Zainab @ Blahnik Baker
10 years ago

This bread sounds delicious!!

Andi
10 years ago

Hi, Zainab! I expected it to be a lot sweeter, but it was really lightly sweet. I have been wanting to try this for a while because it sounded so interesting, and I think I’ll make it again with a different flavor to see how it turns out.

marcie@flavorthemoments
10 years ago

I’ve never heard of ice cream bread! This looks amazing, Andi. :)

Andi
10 years ago

Thanks so much, Marcie!

Nancy A.
10 years ago

We need these car vents to make the car smell like springtime! It can get musty in winter and I would like to have calming smell around me!

Andi
10 years ago

I’m sure you will like them if you are looking for a nice smell in your car, Nancy. I like not having to have a paper tree dangling from my mirror, but my car still smells great :)

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