This easy Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Bread is the simplest quick bread you’ll ever make. It’s filled with the summery flavors of lemon and blueberry and topped with a delicious cream cheese frosting that brings the whole thing together to create a delightful dessert bread that’s not as overpoweringly sweet as you might think and oh, so good.
We love this easy Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Bread dessert so much we make it all year round. We always have ice cream in the house and blueberries are easily found.
If you’ve never tried ice cream bread before, you’re missing out. If you haven’t yet, don’t feel bad. A lot of people haven’t. Although it took the internet by storm a few years ago, a surprising number of people still haven’t given it a try – or even heard of it!
We were two of those people. You’d think that running a food blog, we’d be up to date on all the latest food trends, and we usually are. However, ice cream bread is a dish that somehow slipped through the cracks for us. Once we discovered it, though, it was on!
Ice cream bread is absolutely delicious, and it’s ridiculously easy. In fact, it’s one of the easiest quick breads anyone will ever make. That’s because it’s basically ice cream and flour. That’s right, if you mix ice cream and flour together and bake it, you get bread. Who would have ever thought? Well, someone did, and thank goodness for it because it’s yummy.
Lemon Blueberry Dessert!
This lemon blueberry dessert bread is so good, and it’s so easy to make. You can have this done in the afternoon, and iced and ready for dinner. You could even serve this for Breakfast or Brunch, or on a Buffet table. It makes a wonderful loaf of sweet, thick and gooey bread with the Lemon cream cheese frosting. This just melts in your mouth. Everyone will love this, so make sure to put this one in your favorites!
All About Ice Cream Bread
Ice cream bread is exactly what it sounds like. It’s bread made with ice cream. In its simplest form, it only requires ice cream and flour to create a quick bread. It might sound odd at first but if you think about what goes into quick bread, it makes total sense.
Why It Works
Broken down, quick bread requires flour, fat in the form of butter, some sort of liquid, and sugar. And what’s in ice cream? That’s right, all of those things. It’s the most ingenious shortcut ever invented in our opinion, but where did it come from?
Where It Comes From
No one actually knows.
Ice cream bread first came on the scene in 2006, when a recipe for this ingenious treat was submitted to Taste of Home Magazine. The publication added it to its Pinterest page, and that’s when the recipe blew up.
Although this recipe was created during a time when it only takes one post to social media to claim credit for an idea, the origin of the recipe is still unknown. It’s a mystery. A delicious, easy-to-make mystery.
Easy Ice Cream Bread
Our recipe takes an easy ice cream bread recipe and adds a little flair with some delicious, summery ingredients that really make it pop. This moist tender cake has a mild flavor that’s been enhanced with lemon and blueberries then topped with a lemon frosting to make a sweet quick bread that always brings people back for seconds.
It’s a quick and easy recipe that only takes a few minutes to make but tastes like a work of bakery art that kept you in the kitchen for hours. Don’t worry, we won’t tell anyone.
It only takes a few ingredients to make this super easy quick bread and the frosting that goes with it. The best part is that you probably have all the ingredients you need in your kitchen already. If you’re looking at this recipe, then you probably already have ice cream in your freezer, after all, and who doesn’t have flour? Take a look at what you’ll need.
For the Bread
- Ice cream or custard
- Self-rising flour
- Powdered sugar
- Goodman’s Lemon Flavoring
For the Frosting
- Cream cheese, softened
- Lemon frosting
That’s it. We told you it was an easy ingredient list. Seven ingredients to a homemade quick bread complete with frosting? It doesn’t get much easier!
Making Easy Ice Cream Bread with Lemon and Blueberry
If you thought the recipe list was easy, wait until you read the actual steps to making this bread. It’s ridiculously simple. You will literally mix and then bake. That’s it. No sifting. No special procedures. Nothing.
You’ll find the complete recipe along with amounts and baking times in the recipe card at the end of the post, but take a look at the overview below to see just how simple this quick bread recipe is.
For the Bread
- Line a loaf pan comletely with parchment paper.
- Soften ice cream to soft serve consistency.
- Mixe all the bread ingredients together.
- Pour into pan and bake until golden brown.
- Tent the bread, and continue cooking until fully baked.
For the Frosting
- Whip cream cheese and frosting together until smooth.
When the bread and frosting are finished, simply let the bread cool completely and frost it. That’s all there is to it!
As easy as this bread is, there are a couple of things to know that will make it the absolute best it can be. Two of these tips ensure that everything comes together nicely, while the other ensures that it all cooks up perfectly.
Soften the Ice Cream
You might be tempted to simply mix the cold ice cream and flour together to save time, but if you do that, it won’t combine well. Make sure to soften your ice cream to a soft serve consistency to ensure an even blending of the flour and the ice cream.
Soften the Cream Cheese
Soften the cream cheese before whipping it with the frosting. In the same way that the softened ice cream mixes better, the cream cheese mixes better. If you don’t fully soften your cream cheese, you’ll end up with a lump batter full of tiny cream cheese chunks.
Tenting the Bread is Important
Be sure to tent the bread as soon as it turns golden brown. The ice cream bread will become golden before it’s finished baking. Tenting the bread will keep the top from burning.
Ice Cream Bread Variations
Our lemon blueberry ice cream bread is what we like to call the “fancy” version of this super easy bread, but really, in its basic form, it only takes two ingredients – ice cream and flour. That means that this tasty bread is perfect for all kinds of variations.
You can use any ice cream flavor you like. The basics, of course, all apply – vanilla, strawberry, and chocolate are fantastic. Feel free to get as creative as you like, though, combining any flavor at all. We don’t recommend using ice cream varieties that include multiple flavors in one carton like Neopolitan, however, as the flavors become muddy.
Serving Ice Cream Bread
This delicious ice cream bread is perfect as-is. All you need is a plate and a fork. It’s rich, moist, and the lemon frosting really takes the blueberry and lemon flavor of the bread to another level.
This is the perfect sweet bread to serve at barbecues and potlucks, for a sweet snack during the week, or at holiday get-togethers. Wherever you choose to serve it, everyone will always love it.
Storing Ice Cream Bread
This bread will keep well at room temperature in an air-tight container for up to three days. For longer storage, you can freeze it for up to a month. To freeze this bread, wrap it tightly in cling wrap and then again in foil. To serve, let it defrost in the refrigerator.
Try This Ice Cream Bread for Yourself
This delicious lemon blueberry ice cream bread is so easy to make and so delicious. It’s perfect for a weekday treat or as a tasty addition to any get-together. However and whenever you choose to make it, everyone will be begging for more! Give this recipe a try, and we know you’ll love it as much as we do.
OTHER DESSERT YOU WILL LOVE:
Lemon Blueberry Ice Cream Bread
- 2 cups, plus 2 Tablespoons of Frozen Custard or Ice Cream
- 1 1/2 cups of Self Rising Flour (see note)
- 1 cup of Powdered Sugar
- 1 cup of Blueberries (plus a few extra to sprinkle on top)
- 1 bottle of Goodman's Lemon Flavoring
FOR THE FROSTING:
- 4 ounces of cream cheese – softened to room temperature
- 1/2 a can of Lemon Frosting – I used Betty Crocker
- Place all ingredients in a large bowl, and stir until well mixed. Line a loaf pan with 2 pieces of Parchment paper; One from side to side, and one length wise, making sure you have enough paper to hang over the loaf pan, so you can easily lift the bread out when it's baked.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 1 hour. When the top of the bread turns golden brown, cover the top with a piece of foil, tented, so it won't stick, to prevent the top of the bread from burning.
MAKE THE FROSTING:
- Soften the cream cheese to room temperature, and place the cream cheese in a mixing bowl. Add half of the can of Frosting to the mixing bowl, and mix on medium until completely blended and smooth.
- Remove from the oven, and cool in the pan for 30 minute. Lift the bread out using the Parchment paper, and place on a wire rack to finish cooling. When the bread is cooled completely, frost the top of the bread with the frosting, and sprinkle Blueberries on top.