Cloud bread is a low carb, low gluten alternative to bread that is surprisingly simple to make.
Not only that, it’s high in protein and requires remarkably few ingredients, meaning it’s a healthy addition to your diet when you don’t feel in the mood for cooking like a full-time healthy person.
Since it’s exceptionally light and fluffy, it’s best when topped with food or used as a side dish, rather than serving in heartier stuff like sandwiches.
Furthermore, this recipe is extremely versatile and will allow you to add in whatever herbs and spices you so desire.
So what are we waiting for? If you’re ready for a tasty, healthy, customizable, and fast-made ‘bread’ – then give this recipe a try.
An Irresistible Cloud Bread Recipe
- 3 large eggs, which will be the base of the loaves.
- ¼ Tablespoon of cream of tartar. This provides eggs with the necessary leavening, and gives your bread the fluffiness required for that bread-like consistency.
- 2 ounces (by weight) of extremely softened cream cheese. The softer, the better, but avoid reaching a liquid state. If you lack cream cheese, whole milk or cottage cheese will also work.
- 1 tablespoon of white sugar or other calorie-free sweetener.
- Herbs and spices! This is a very versatile recipe, and as such, you are free to add in a wide variety of extra flavors should you so choose. Do you want a more savory bread? Add oregano and basil alongside a pinch of salt. More sweet? Add a pinch of cinnamon and brown sugar.
With these few ingredients in place, it is time to begin cooking!
- First and foremost, begin prep work. Preheat an oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. This will prevent the bread from sticking and will make it significantly easier to get out of the pan when the baking process has been completed.
- Separate the egg whites and the yolks, before adding the cream of tartar to the whites. Then beat them until stiff peaks form. This will make for a lighter, fluffier bread and is vital for cloud bread baking.
- Once the peaks have been formed, mix the egg yolks, sugar, and cream cheese until the mix is smooth and has no visible clumps of cream cheese remaining.
- Then you will gently fold in the egg whites, taking care not to over-mix or mix too fast – or else the whites will lose their effect on the rest of the dish. Slow, gentle folds are essential to making a successful cloud bread loaf. It won’t look like bread dough, but do not be alarmed. It will most certainly be the consistency you want once it has baked.
- Gently scoop the loaves onto the baking sheet, taking care not to break the bubbles and keep it from losing air. The recipe should make between five and six buns, depending on the sizes you want and the amount of space on the sheet.
- Put the baking sheet into the oven until the loaves are all golden brown and slightly crispy, roughly thirty minutes.
- Now the important step: You are going to need to let them cool. They will be very similar to a meringue while warm and will easily fall apart unless you let them rest for between 10 and 15 minutes. Too long, they will dry out; too short, they will still be hot and fragile. Keep a patient watch on time, and before you know it, you will be rewarded!
- Now that they are cool, carefully seal them up in a Ziplock or Tupperware container overnight. Keep in mind: take care and go slow. They will still be somewhat fragile, so any excess force will likely shatter them, which is not ideal. The overnight wait will be long, but the good thing is that it will change their texture completely and make them soft and chewy, ideal for the bread-like consistency that you are after.
What Can You Do With Cloud Bread?
Now that you have these loaves baked, what exactly can you do with them?
It ultimately all comes down to personal taste. Because of how plain the initial recipe is, it’s super adaptable.
The key thing to remember is that this is meant to be a low gluten, low carb substitute for bread, and is meant to be consumed as such.
One example is topping the bread with peanut butter and bananas. It also makes for an amazing pizza crust.
Furthermore, if you add cinnamon and vanilla extract to the initial dough, it makes for a great breakfast. Or, you could leave it plain and eat alongside most dishes.
It’s entirely up to you, which is the beauty of the recipe!
Have you tried making cloud bread?