Pecan Ice Cream Bread is a soft quick bread that is made with butter pecan ice cream, self-rising flour, and chopped pecans, topped with homemade maple butter. Check out my other Quick Bread recipes here.

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Pecan Ice Cream Bread

With just three ingredients and no yeast used in the recipe, this is definitely a quick bread. It can be quickly made and quickly eaten, that is for sure! Yes, it is flavorful with some butter spread on top. But, the flavor really is enhanced with the added homemade maple butter. So, don’t leave that part out!

Ingredients for Pecan Ice Cream Bread

Ice Cream Bread Ingredients

With just three ingredients, there really is no excuse not to try this bread. Plus, you will have leftover butter pecan ice cream to indulge in later! 

Butter Pecan Ice Cream: Let the ice cream sit out a bit to soften it. This will make it easier to mix with the flour, and you don’t want to overmix. Be sure to use full-fat ice cream for the best results.

Self-rising Flour: It is important that you use self-rising flour. Self-rising flour actually has baking powder and salt in it, which is why those ingredients are not listed in the recipe. It also has a much lower protein level compared to all-purpose flour.

Pecans: There is no need to roast the nuts for this recipe; just chop up some pecans and you are good to go! You could also leave a few pecans whole. The nuts will be in and on top of the bread. However, you do not need to add nuts if the pecans in the ice cream are enough for you.

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What if I Don’t Have Self-Rising Flour?

If you don’t happen to have self-rising flour on hand, you can make your own! The recipe is simple. 

  • 2 cup flours
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Just whisk everything together in a bowl and use it for this recipe. (Ingredient amounts are for making 2 cups of flour, so you will have half a cup leftover.)

Maple Butter on Pecan Ice Cream Bread

Can I Use Different Flavors of Ice Cream?

YES! Once you see how easy and delicious this recipe is, have fun with different flavors of ice cream. The options are endless; just get some ice cream (any flavor) and keep some self-rising flour on hand! And, add some toppings if you want to, like sprinkles, chocolate chips, and more nuts. 

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Pecan Ice Cream Bread

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Pecan Ice Cream Bread is a soft quick bread that is made with butter pecan ice cream, self-rising flour, and chopped pecans for a nutty flavor and crunch.



  • 3 cups (510 g) butter pecan ice cream, softened
  • cups (187.5 g) self-rising flour
  • ¾ cup (82 g) pecans, chopped and divided

Maple Butter

  • ½ cup (1 stick / 113 g) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8×4-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine the ice cream, flour, and ½ cup of the pecans. Mix well.
  • Place ice cream, flour, and pecan mixture into the prepared loaf pan. Sprinkle the remaining chopped pecans on top.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out with a few crumbs.
  • Let cool completely. Slice and serve topped with maple butter.

Maple Butter

  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix together the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, and cinnamon until well blended (about 5 minutes) on medium-high speed. (You can also mix this by hand.)
  • Remove the maple butter from the bowl and drop it onto a clean piece of plastic wrap. Wrap the butter tightly and let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes.
  • For storage, cover with plastic wrap or waxed paper and store in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. You can also place it in a sealable container or jar for storage.

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Reader Comments

  1. I’m in whenever I get a chance to bake . Mmy family loves it. I have to alter some of the recipes, due to spice allergies. It’s a challenge. Thanks for the wonderful recipe s.

  2. I’m wondering if I could use a low calorie or no sugar added ice cream for this recipe in order to bring down the calories in one serving?

    1. Hi, Vkynj! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We have not tried using a low calorie or no sugar added ice cream in this recipe, so I can’t speak to its effectiveness. If you try it, let us know how it turns out. Have a wonderful day!

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