What is cloud bread? It shouldn’t come as a surprise that cloud bread has nothing to do with actual bread. This alternative to bread is made with eggs and full-fat dairy products, which are then baked until they take on the consistency of a fluffy, bread-like cloud. Carbohydrate enthusiasts now have the opportunity to savor their favorite foods while adhering to the ketogenic diet.
Sounds amazing, but could you please explain exactly what is cloud bread?
Cloud bread is light and airy with the consistency of a meringue which can be achieved by beating egg whites with cream of tartar until they form stiff peaks. This mixture is then folded into the egg yolks, along with some type of full-fat dairy product (like yogurt, cream cheese, or cottage cheese), and typically a little bit of sweetener as well. The batter is then shaped into round disks using a spoon or a piping bag and baked on a baking sheet with a rim. When the disks are first removed from the oven, they have a texture that is similar to that of meringue in that they are crisp but have a tendency to dissolve in the mouth. However, if you let them cool completely, you will get a texture that is chewier and almost bread-like.
But is cloud bread considered healthy?
A slice of cloud bread has one-half the number of calories found in a typical slice of bread and, depending on the recipe, has very few or no carbohydrates at all. (There is approximately one gram of carbohydrate in one round of cloud bread in many different recipes.) Additionally, it does not contain any gluten. Therefore, those who are following the Paleo, gluten-free, or ketogenic diets, as well as those who are living in 1997 and following the original Atkins diet, can eat this bread successfully.
Although cloud bread may appear to have an extremely high protein content due to the fact that it is composed of virtually only ingredients that contain protein, it actually has about the same amount of protein as a regular slice of bread but does not contain any of the carbohydrates that go along with it.
What does cloud bread taste like?
A lot like a very airy and fluffy loaf of white bread is what cloud bread is like. The consistency is light and airy (you can see it in the image below). Because it doesn’t have much of a taste on its own (maybe just a hint of egg), it’s much simpler to use in sandwich-making.
How do you serve cloud bread?
People use cloud bread for a variety of things on the internet, including as buns for their burgers, as a vehicle for pizza toppings, to roll around hot dogs, to make eclairs, and as bread for sandwiches. People also use cloud bread to make eclairs. It is possible to bake it in large batches in advance and store it in the freezer for later use. The “bread” can be given a quick toast in the toaster to bring it back to life, and then it can be topped with turkey, peanut butter, or any other sandwich filling of your choice before being placed in a plastic bag and taken to school or work.
Cloud bread ingredients:
- Eggs: If you want to get the proportions right, use large eggs and not medium or jumbo ones. To begin, separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.
- EITHER mascarpone cheese OR cream cheese – mascarpone cheese is superior to that of cream cheese, but you can also use cream cheese.
- Sea Salt: You only need a trace amount of sea salt in order to achieve equilibrium. There will be no salt on the rolls.
- Cream of tarter: Cream of tartar is the other component of oopsie bread that comes highly recommended by me when making it. This is a powdery acid that helps stabilize the egg whites, making it easier to beat them to stiff peaks so that they can be used in a recipe. However, including it is not necessary, and cloud bread can be prepared without it.
What is cloud bread and How do you make it?
1. Egg whites should be beaten. To achieve stiff peaks in the whites, beat them with an electric mixer (either a hand mixer or a stand mixer). As was discussed earlier, using a little cream of tartar is the simplest way to accomplish this, but if you don’t have any, you don’t need to worry about it.
2. Egg yolks, cream cheese or mascarpone, and a pinch of salt should be beaten together. Perform these steps in a separate bowl, and ensure that your mascarpone is at room temperature before continuing. This will ensure that the ingredients blend together smoothly.
Just so you know, this is the step in a typical cloud bread recipe where cream cheese would be used, but we are going to replace it with mascarpone instead. In all seriousness, you are free to choose either option that you have! I really hope you’ll at least give the mascarpone an opportunity to prove itself to you.
3. Fold. Using a rubber spatula, gradually incorporate the egg whites (the meringue mixture) into the mixture of egg yolks until the consistency is even. To prevent the whites from becoming deflated, ensure that you use a folding motion here and refrain from over-mixing the ingredients.
4. Form circles. Form circles of approximately a half an inch in thickness using the mixture that has been spooned onto a baking sheet that has been prepared and lined with parchment paper. I make them in batches of six, but you could make fewer large ones or more small ones depending on the size you want.
5. Bake. Cloud bread should be baked in the oven for approximately 25 minutes, or until the tops are golden brown.
6. Cool. If you wait until the bread has had some time to cool down before attempting to move it, it will be easier to handle. Voila! Cloud bread that’s low in carbs and loaded with butter!
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