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Everyone loves a good scoop of ice cream. In fact, some of us love it so much that a pint becomes a single serving! However, there are other ways of using those little tubs of frozen deliciousness! Just one small container can be the start of a fantastic dish to share with your family and friends. So before you polish off that pint yourself, try using one of these easy, creative uses for a pint of ice cream:
- Make ice cream bread. It may sound strange, but you can actually make bread with ice cream! Just choose a pint of your favorite flavor and let it soften on the counter for about 30 minutes. Then, add 1 ½ cups of self-rising flour and mix until it forms a thick batter. Place the mixture into your favorite loaf pan and bake in an oven heated to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 40 minutes. You can insert a toothpick or knife in the center to check for doneness. If it comes out clean, remove your bread from the oven and let cool before slicing. That’s all there is to it! Everyone will love the light texture and subtle sweetness of ice cream bread. Try pairing toasted strawberry ice cream bread and a smear of strawberry jam for a tasty breakfast. Serve chocolate ice cream bread topped with cocoa hazelnut spread as a quick dessert. Peanut butter ice cream bread is perfect to bump up the nutty taste of a classic peanut butter and jelly sandwich! Experiment with all your favorite flavors to see what combinations your family likes best!
- Use ice cream to prepare French toast. This typical dish is always a crowd-pleaser at the breakfast table, but sometimes it can be a little too much trouble for a busy weekday morning. The next time you want French toast in a flash, skip all the fuss of cracking the eggs, pouring the milk and adding the flavorings. Instead, try making it with ice cream! Simply place a pint in the microwave and heat in ten second increments until fully melted. Then, dip a few slices of stale bread in the liquid and cook on a heated griddle until golden brown. It’s as easy as that! Butter pecan ice cream goes great with warm caramel sauce and a sprinkling of toasted pecans. Kids will love a moose tracks breakfast treat topped with chocolate sauce and a few chopped peanut butter cups. You could even dip cookies and cream French toast in some crushed chocolate sandwich cookies before cooking for a decadent brunch everyone will love! As long as you’ve got a pint of ice cream and a loaf of bread, anything goes!
- Make ice cream bread pudding. If you prefer your ice cream for dessert, give this easy recipe a try. Break up a small loaf of any crusty, dry bread into chunks. You can also cut it into cubes for a more uniform look. Place the bread pieces in your favorite casserole pan and pour a pint of melted ice cream over the top. Bake for approximately 45 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit, remove from the oven and let cool slightly before serving. Fruity flavors such as peach or black raspberry pair well with fresh berries or warm fruit compote. Vanilla bean bread pudding topped with caramelized brown sugar will satisfy even the most finicky foodie! Ice cream bread pudding is simple to make, but it’s sure to impress all your guests!
- Bake an ice cream cake. Many of us have had traditional ice cream cake with the actual frozen delight layered in between cake layers or crushed cookie crumbs. However, this recipe is a little different. No need to add the usual butter, eggs or cooking oil! Simply take your favorite boxed cake mix and combine it with a pint of melted ice cream. Bake according to the package instructions and you have a delicious dessert that will please both kids and adults. Try confetti cake mix combined with cake batter ice cream. Top with frosting and sprinkles to make cupcakes that will be the hit of any birthday party! Devil’s food chocolate cake made with mint chocolate chip or yellow cake made with rocky road are some other good options. Mix and match different cake and ice cream flavors until you find your family’s preferred pairing!
- Make eggnog. This is perhaps one of the easiest uses for a container of everyone’s frozen favorite. Just melt a pint of French vanilla ice cream in your microwave and you’ve got instant eggnog! You can serve it warm or chill it in the refrigerator if you’d like. Using melted ice cream as this traditional beverage will really take the holiday decadence up a notch! It’s perfect for Christmas parties and family gatherings!
We all scream for ice cream! These recipes made with ice cream are certain to get rave reviews from all your family and friends! Any of the suggestions on this list will provide an inventive way to use this scrumptious frozen treat. Give them all a try and see what you can create with a simple pint of ice cream!