So I finally decided to find out for myself what all the fuss about cloud bread was. And to be honest, I was sceptical but ended up being more than pleasantly surprised! They’re light, but deceptively tasty and mean I can have a sammidge without all those carbs! And they’re SO easy to make, needing just a few store cupboard ingredients.
The most important thing is to absolutely positively make sure your egg whites are whisked till they’re stiff and foamy. An old cheffy trick is that you can tell if they’re done by holding the bowl of whisked whites upside down over your head. If they stay in the bowl they’re done. If they’re not … I implore you to have someone taking photos because THAT I wanna see!
Once your whites are nicely whipped you GENTLY (repeat with me … GENTLY) fold in the other ingredients. You and your (electric) whisk have tirelessly laboured to whisk in all that air, you don’t want to beat the crap out of it now!
When they’re cooked you can put them under the grill for literally just a few seconds to brown the tops a little more. Don’t assume that a few seconds means a few few seconds and that you can walk off and leave them. I hear you end up with *coughsplutter* burnt eggy frisbies and the setting off of fire alarms. Of course I totally didn’t do that.
I also couldn’t decide what to use as toppings – sweet, savoury or a bit of both … so I tried them all! And they ALL work!
Yield 10-12 discs
- 3 medium eggs - separated
- 3 tblsp low fat cream cheese
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 tsp coconut sugar
- 1/4 tsp baking powder
- Heat oven to 130 Fan / 150 C / 300 F / Gas 2
- Whisk together the egg yolks, cream cheese, salt and sugar
- In a separate, clean, grease free bowl whisk together the egg whites and baking powder to STIFF PEAKS – this is important – the whites must hold their shape and leave peaks when you pull up the whisk or the mixture will be too runny when you add the rest of the ingredients!
- Add a large spoonful of whisked whites to the yolk mixture and gently fold through. Then add the remaining whites, working quickly but gently – carefully folding to make sure as little air as possible is lost from the whites
- Spoon onto a lined baking tray, into 10-12 equal rounds, gently pushing into circles
- Bake for 20 minutes
- They will be very puffy as they come out of the oven but will flatten and deflate slightly as they cool – this is normal
- You can pop them under a hot grill for a few seconds just to brown the tops a little bit more - but keep a VERY careful eye on them as they will burn very quickly!
- These are great low carb alternative to bread for making sandwiches – our favourite toppings/fillings are:
- Goats cheese topped with slices of fresh, juicy nectarine and drizzled with honey
- Roast a handful of grapes and walnuts with a tiny blob of coconut oil, leave to cool slightly and use on top of some homemade houmous
- Cream cheese topped with diced sun dried tomatoes, shredded basil and alfalfa sprouts
- You can also add fresh herbs to the egg yolk mixture - finely chopped rosemary and chives work well!