Grain-Free, Low Carb, Low Fat Cloud Bread? Surely Not!
When someone told me about Cloud Bread earlier this week I was interested, but highly dubious that you could make anything bread-like using just eggs, cream cheese and cream of tartar.
However, always willing to try new foodie creations, and with a gluten-free husband who complains bitterly (and understandably) about how much he misses bread, I thought I’d give it a try.
There are quite a few recipes around on the internet, I found a basic one and jazzed it up a bit with fresh chives, salt and garlic powder. If the internet says this is ‘bread-like’ then I want to be able to make a sandwich with it – I highly doubted this would be possible since Cloud Bread seems to amount to what is basically an omelette. For this reason, I kept it savoury, but you can add natural sweeteners to make sweet versions.
How I made it
I laid out two separate bowls. I separated the eggs putting the yolks in one bowl and the whites into my electric mixer bowl. Note – when you do this, make sure you don’t get any yolks in the whites as this will stop them from whipping up properly.
I beat the yolks and cream cheese by hand until smooth and then added the chives, salt and garlic powder.
Then I whipped the egg whites and cream of tartar until the eggs formed stiff peaks. I would have held the bowl upside down over my head but I’ve just had my hair done…
I carefully folded the cheese mixture into the whipped egg whites. Be careful not to knock all of the air out of the whites when you do this, it doesn’t have to fully combined, just nicely mixed together.
Then, using a large cookie cutter (you could manage without one of these) I spooned out 5 rounds. The breads I’ve seen done on the internet were about half the height of these but I wanted mine to be a bit more substantial and chunky.
I cooked the rounds for just over 20 minutes, until the tops were getting nice and brown. Then I removed them from the oven and let them cool down.
Do you know what…………………………….? They are just brilliant!!! I’m shocked.
The seasonings that I added were just enough to cover any eggy flavour so it didn’t just taste like an omelette. And the cheese genuinely gives it a bread-like texture.
The final test
So I made a sandwich using green peppers and cherry vine tomatoes – not the most thrilling sandwich I could have made but this is what I had in the fridge. And it was excellent!
It’s not bread. It doesn’t have that chewy, dense texture of bread. However it looks bread-like and it acts bread-like too. And it didn’t fall apart as I ate my sandwich. My husband is very fussy about his food and his response was ‘wow, impressive!’ Job done.
If you can’t eat bread, or are avoiding carbs then this is a total winner!!! Make some now!!
Full recipe for Garlic & Chive Cloud Bread