If you follow me on instagram you may have seen me post some pictures a couple of weeks ago of cloud bread.
Apparently, cloud bread is “taking the internet by storm” (really?!). I saw it on a link on Facebook and checked it out purely out of curiosity (3 ingredient, low carb bread? HOW???) And then I decided to give it a go.
It’s made with cream cheese, eggs and cream of tartare or bicarbonate of soda. This sounded completely unfeasible to me. How could that make anything resembling bread? But further research (i.e. google) insisted that the end result was a light and fluffy bread substitute.
Here’s what happened when me and my sous-chef (the husband) made it on a Sunday afternoon.
Separate three eggs – whites in one bowl, yolks in another.
Add three tablespoons of full fat cream cheese to the yolks and mix with a fork until it’s a smooth creamy consistency.
Then add a quarter teaspoon of cream of tartare to the whites. I had no idea what cream of tartare was! When I first read the recipe, I thought it meant tartare sauce, which obviously made no sense at all. But you can find it in the baking aisle. Or use bicarbonate of soda, apparently.
Whisk the whites until they form stiff peaks (oo-er).
You could probably do this with a fork or a hand whisk but it would take ages and result in a very achey wrist. With an electric whisk it takes about a minute.
Then, add the yolk and cheese mixture to the whites and fold it in. Don’t stir or mix. Just gently fold to keep everything light and fluffy.
On a baking tray, spoon the mixture into blobs.
Our mix made 8 cloud blobs. Then pop it in the oven on a low heat – around 150 degrees for 10-15 minutes. Keep checking as you don’t want them to get too brown or crispy.
Et voila! Little flat rounds of fluffy loveliness!
As with any substitute, don’t expect it to taste exactly the same. I mean, you only have to look at the ingredients to realise it’s not going to taste like bread. But it is really light and fluffy with a nice texture. Think of it as a vehicle for a filling and you’re more likely to get it. They’re also not as rigid as bread, so don’t overload them.
We had grilled chilli turkey burgers and salad on ours and they were lovely. Really nice.
I’m going to try making some with garlic powder as a garlic bread substitute. I also think adding some mixed herbs would work well for dipping in a stew and soaking up all that lovely gravy. And I’m going to try them with bacon too.
I think these are ideal when you want that feeling of eating bread without the carb overload or the sluggish feeling that some people get. I don’t have any gluten or wheat allergies but sometimes feel bloated after eating it, so these are a nice alternative.
Have you tried cloud bread? Let me know!
Thanks, as always, for reading! x