cooking with kids




Quick bread with only TWO ingredients from Our Best Bites- introOkay, let’s just talk about this for a minute.  I almost didn’t post this recipe because we don’t like to share recipes on this blog unless we really love them.  I never understand why some food blogs will go to all of the effort to make and photograph a recipe, share it with their audience, and then in the final paragraph say something like, “So my final review is that this was just okay.  I probably wouldn’t make it again.”  Um, why are you telling me about it then??  So here are my thoughts on this recipe, which I’ve seen floating around the internet for quite some time and have always been curious about.  First let me tell you what it is.  It’s a sweet quick bread, and like the title implies, it’s made with only TWO ingredients.  These two, specifically:

flour and ice cream



No, seriously.  Ice cream and self-rising flour.  I know, weird.  I mean, how could I not try it??  I saw this link from Good Housekeeping magazine, which is what made me finally take the plunge and try it out.  After all, those yummy looking breads came out of their test-kitchens, which is a source I trust.  The final result?  Yep, it does in fact make bread.  It’s sort of crazy.  And sort of cool.

Quick bread with only TWO ingredients from Our Best Bites

But unlike most sources of viral content on the internet, I want to actually be real and let you know exactly what you’re getting here.

This is super fun and it tastes decent.  Is it amazing bread?  Nah.  Is it totally nasty?  Surprisingly, no.  Would I make this bread for Christmas gifts for my neighbors?  No.  Would I serve it at a family brunch?  Probably not. That being said, I’m sharing this because I do think it has a great place in the kitchen repertoire.   It’s an absolutely perfect cooking activity for kids.  And don’t get me wrong- the bread is actually quite tasty, especially when you add in some additional mix-ins, but if you make the plain bread alone, it’s no where near the quality of an actual homemade quick bread and can have a flour-y texture and taste.  But my kids thought this was AMAZING.  And to them it tasted just as great as my homemade banana bread (which it is most certainly not).  It’s a really fun, quick project that you can do together, or older kids can make themselves, and they’ll think it’s so fun.   I overheard my boys telling their friends about it and making them guess what the secret ingredient was.  So check this out.

Measuring Ice Cream

Start with 2 cups of really soft ice cream.  If you leave your ice cream on the counter, you know how the edges always melt the fastest?  Do that, and then just scoop out all around the edges for this recipe.  The center of your ice cream will still be nice and frozen, so you can pop it back in the freezer without ruining it.  I’m just tossing everything in my stand mixer.

Bread add-ins
Even though there are only 2 essential ingredients, you’ll want to add some flavor here.  I tried a couple combos suggested by that Good Housekeeping article.  The first combo was lemon and poppyseed.  I added some lemon juice to mine as well, and about triple the zest they called for.  If I did it again I would probably add some vanilla extract as well.  Mix it all up with 1 1/2 cups of self-rising flour.

Mixing bread batter



You’ll get a batter that actually looks like, well, bread batter.  But it’s freezing.

Ice Cream Bread Batter

Place that in a bread pan to bake.

pre-bake ice cream bread


Since this was so quick and easy, I tried a chocolate version too:  just plain chocolate ice cream, with peanut butter chips.  On the chocolate bread, I sprinkled some plain granulated sugar on top, along with extra chips.

prebaked chocolate bread

Oddly enough, it baked up looking like bread.  Who knew!

lemon ice cream bread

I was glad I tried the chocolate with the extra toppings because that one looked extra delicious.

Baked chocolate ice cream bread

After they cool, you can dig in.  See?  Real bread.  It’s actually pretty light and fluffy to the touch.

Lemon Poppyseed Ice Cream Bread

Everyone at my house agreed that the chocolate was better- I think it’s because the peanut butter chips added so much flavor and the crunchy top was awesome.

Two ingredient Quick Bread from Our Best Bites

Like I said, my kids devoured it.  And let’s be honest, I ate more than one slice of that chocolate.  Maybe slathered in butter.   Here’s some tips and suggestions if you want to try it!

1.  Add flavor.  You can use any flavor of ice cream, so play around with that.  You can mix fresh fruit into fruit flavored ice cream, nuts or chocolate, crushed cookies, etc.  Check out the ones that Good Housekeeping tried for some examples.

2.  Try to not underbake (ends up with a weird, mucky texture) or overbake (dry).  Test with a skewer and take it out as soon as it comes out dry, with just a few moist crumbs attached.

3.  Don’t tell anyone what it’s made out of- make them guess!  It’s fun.



Speaking of ice cream- our Grocery Giveaway ends this week!  I’d tell you when, exactly, but you and I both know I’d forget to actually end it and pick a winner right then.  So it’s going to be a surprise.  But it will happen this week for sure, so you’ve been warned!  Get those pics entered to win!



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  1. 1
    Ellie says:

    That’s crazy! I have some ice cream that melted and refroze and I was saving it to make milkshakes, but I think I’ll let my kids use it to try this instead. Have you tried it with your huckleberry pie ice cream?

  2. 2
    Wendy says:

    I had not seen this, and though I understand it won’t be a stellar recipe, I totally get it about making this with the kids. Super fun. Thanks for sharing Sara!

  3. 3
    Lynette says:

    That is the craziest thing ever! Thanks for sharing this cool idea with us today!

  4. 4

    bizarre. i can’t wait to try this. errr i mean let my daughter try making it. as always i love the “keeping it real” disclaimers…. thats why i love OBB, I know you won’t go to all the effort of making/ writing/photographing/posting something if its “meh”. thanks again for a fun summer idea….. i know you’d tell me if i’m better off just eating my ice cream haha

    now, to try baking it on my BBQ since i am NOT having my oven on in this heat….. made cookies in the bbq the other day and they turned out perfect……

  5. 5

    PS. I hope the “cooking with kids” is going to be a recurring things. my daughter is finally at the age where she likes to “cook all by herself”, and i’m always looking for some more decent recipes to try

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    LeAnn says:

    My teenage boys made this at church one activity night. They didn’t add any extra ingredients in the batter. They brought me some to try and were real excited for me to guess what was in it. It didn’t taste real great, but it wasn’t bad, but they sure talked about it and it was a fun activity. I would recommend making it with kids!

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    Sandra says:

    Kinda looks like the neat loaf slices at Costco. I think I’ll try it with the 8 and 10 year old grandson next time I have them over. Might swirl some jelly through it and see how that goes.

  8. 8
    Anna says:

    My disclaimer to the below comment is that my only child is a baby. But I have done a lot of cooking with other people’s kids and I can’t WAIT to get my son and his future sibs in the kitchen with me.

    Recipes like these that are labeled great for kids make me a little grumpy. How is teaching kids how to cook using nonsense recipes and crap ingredients helpful? I can think of plenty of super basic recipes with real ingredients and simple techniques that would be more educational, more fun, more delicious, and more wholesome than this (and others I have seen in the same genre…this one is not the only culprit).

    Okay, off my soapbox now! :)

    • 8.1

      Anna, as a mother of 3 (almost 4) kids of varying ages, I can tell you there is value in a great range of cooking experiences. I’m sure you’ll come to understand this better once you’re out of the stage of being a mother to just one baby. I also wouldn’t classify these as “crap ingredients.” My family eats a well-balanced diet, which includes ice cream in moderation, and all purpose flour. This is a terrific project, focusing on things that kids love and enjoy and relating them to the field of food science. It’s the kind of building-block recipe that will encourage interest in food and cooking. If you deconstruct the ingredients, you’re cooking here with milk, cream, sugar, and flour, which are basic items in most people’s kitchens and diets. My kids have a blast doing fun things like this, and baking cookies and making treats. And if you read this blog, you know that they also love to work in their vegetable garden and help me can produce and make things like homemade pizza and salsa. It’s all about balance, girl. Have some fun :)

      • Anna says:

        Oh, don’t get me wrong, I definitely believe in treats and I eat them almost every day! I just don’t think that food that’s not healthy OR delicious makes good cooking instruction for kids. I mean, aren’t those pretty much the main two reasons to cook? To make things that are healthy and / or delicious? I also think I am entitled to that opinion no matter how many kids I have, so that was a bit of a low blow. My mom probably wouldn’t have made this with her five kids, and I have plenty of friends who wouldn’t make this with their multiple kids. So I don’t think I’ll necessarily “come to understand this better” just because I only have one baby now.

        To each their own, eh? It’s not a big deal to me that I don’t care for this recipe. Sounds like there are plenty of people who think it’s great, so that’s cool.

        • Anna, that wasn’t meant to be a low-blow, honestly. I was simply referencing your very own disclaimer. I think things change quite a bit as your own children grow up and you see what works for you and your own family, and what some people enjoy, others don’t. And yes, we post things that are delicious, which is why I made it very clear that the reason I was posting this was because it was super fun and my kids LOVED it. They thought it was just as delicious as my other breads, so I wanted to share so other people could enjoy the fun project with their kids as well.

  9. 9
    Lauren says:

    Hmmm… what an interesting idea! I’m glad you shared this and your honest opinions! I do think my daughter would love to try this out!

  10. 10
    Hayley says:

    We made this tonight for family night. My son basically did everything – cause it is so simple – and he’s not even four yet. He loved it. We of course did chocolate and added peanut butter chips. It tasted just fine – a great dessert and my little boy had a blast. Thanks, as always, I love your recipes!

  11. 11
    stella says:

    That looks awesome – I had this recipe saved and I am glad to see it works! I actually like when people report so-so or failing recipes if they from another source (cookbook, etc.) It saves me a lot of trouble. When I go to bake something, I google it first!!!

  12. 12
    Juliana says:

    I’m sorry you girls have to deal with so many “interesting” (not very nice in my opinion) comments. I have 3 kids that love to “help” in the kitchen and I’m just too OCD to take help. My kind of “kids helping in the kitchen” is having them lick the cake battered bowl, or eat some raw cookie dough (just keeping it real). I appreciate this recipe because it has just 2 ingredients. I can handle their help with that. I might try baking it as mini muffins. For some reason my kids won’t eat bread I make in a loaf pan, but devour it as muffins. Go figure. Thanks for all your hard work. I don’t know how you girls handle 3 kids plus a job. Looking forward to your 3rd book. I need a “healthy recipes” cook book!!

  13. 13
    Diane says:

    Wow, some people are really nice! Maybe not everyone knows you are pregnant AND trying to write a cookbook at the same time. I will always turn to your site for recipes! Love it! I just think if people don’t want certain recipes or like them (or like the titles….), then don’t make them. No need to make rude comments.

  14. 14
    heather r says:

    I totally agree! There is no need for rude comments with crass language, and a smiley face at the end of a mean comment doesn’t excuse unkindness. If you strongly disagree with or really, really don’t care for a recipe, email Sara and Kate instead of posting on the comment section.

    This is a terrific recipe for kids to try, and the list of just 2 ingredients is a wonderful way for kids to make something without lots of prep. Thanks, Sara!

  15. 15
    Carinne Gee says:

    Thanks for the recipe. I agree that this is something my kids would love to try and make. They’d be fascinated with the ingredients. My daughter is obsessed with a recipe for “Thunder Cake” – which is basically chocolate cake make with tomatoes. Its JUST a chocolate cake. There isn’t anything special about it, but she enjoys it. Anything to get kids excited about something.

    To put my 2 cents in with the discussion….I dont really agree wtih “Anna” either. And, she IS entitiled to her opinion, but its an non-educated opinion as she is talking about cooking with her children, and she’s never cooked with her children. (After I remember very well how I was the world’s most perfect mother BEFORE I had children. :) Its was so easy to know all the answers when I didn’t have kids)

    That being said, I think the other commentors are being a little harsh with her. She wasn’t particular rude. Stating a difference of opinion should be tolerated. I’m assuming that Kate and Sara are ‘big girls’ and know that not every one is going to agree with them. Especially when they are continuing to try to build an audience and get more and more readers, they are going get more and more opinion. Sara wasn’t rude, Anna wasn’t rude. This was a discussion of opinions…both valid and reasonable.

    Thanks again for the idea and the disclaimer about the quality of the recipe!

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    Amber says:

    This looks amazing! So cool I will have to try this sometime :)

  17. 17

    I don’t have kids, but I’m a big kid myself and I just want to make this to see how it turns out. Sounds like a science project. Do you think I would get the same results if I used gluten-free, wheat free flour? I may also sub coconut ice cream for real ice cream. It would be cool to create a vegan version of this for my many many vegan friends. Thanks for posting!

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    amanda says:

    i can’t wait to try this. i think my kids will think it is awesome, and, to be honest, it is something i can give them the ingredients and let them do themselves which they think is pretty much the coolest thing ever. as a mom of (5) kids, who has also been a professional nanny, i think that motherhood is the great leveler. it is so easy to judge and complain about other people’s parenting styles, but…. isn’t that what makes the world such a great place? i am so glad we are all different, it means that things are more interesting. if we all had the same opinion things would be pretty one dimensional. life is hard enough, ice-cream bread should make us all smile =)

  19. 19
    Jessica says:

    This is similar to a recipe I like from the Moosewood cookbook, which is basically just yogurt and flour. It’s super simple and tastes like a soda bread.

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