They are just like heaven, so we call them cloud bread.
These are a delicious home-made bread replacement that are grain-free, low-carb bread alternative, “cloud bread” is made with eggs, softened cream cheese, cream of tartar, and sometimes a little honey for sweetness. Bloggers say it has a crispy texture straight out of the oven, but becomes soft and chewy (in other words, more like real bread) when stored overnight in a plastic container.
Although, for some these are not firm enough to replace bread in a regular sandwich, Some people have used two of these for a gluten free hamburger bun. Others like to top one 'slice' with peanut butter and bananas, toast it with jam or with a favorite lunch meat and whatever fillings they can dream up!”
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Separate the eggs very carefully; there must be no yolk in the white.
In one bowl, mix together the egg yolks, the 3 T. of Cottage Cheese OR Cream Cheese and the one packet of Sweetener until smooth.
NOTE: If you use Cream Cheese, make sure it is room temperature and some have found it helpful to beat it separately first until creamy and smooth.
In the other bowl add 1/4 teaspoon of Cream of Tartar (or vinegar) to the whites and beat the whites on high speed until they are fluffy and form nice peaks.
Very carefully fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites until mixed, but try and not break down the fluffiness of the egg whites too much.
Spray two cookie sheets with Pam or other fat-free cooking spray.
With a large spoon, "scoop" the mixture into 10 even rounds on the sheets (about the size of the top-half of the McDonalds hamburger bun; roughly 3/4 inch thick and 4 to 5 inches across).
Bake on the middle rack. Here is when you have to watch them, because the cooking time the same on any two batches. It is somewhere around 30 minutes, but it could be 15-20 minutes. You just need to watch them until them become nice and golden brown (again, the color of a McDonalds bun).
Remove from the pans and cool on a rack or cutting board.
While warm they are crumbly and similar to cooked meringue - but don't let this fool you! Once completely cool, seal them in a zipper sandwich storage baggie or a Tupperware over night. They will totally change their consistency, to something much more like bread - a softer texture that is nice and chewy. If you do not like softer chewy bread, then eat them as they are, nice and crisp.
Since the sides that were facing the pan are perfectly flat, you use these to spread things on, or make sandwiches, or even as a burger bun! The choice is up to you, and you will be quite amazed at how much like a bun these really are!
Some people mix in garlic or other herbs before baking to make a tasty bread for hummus or salsa.
Others prefer not to use sugar or sweeter.
1 person suggested adding 1 Tbsp of Gluten Free Flour for even fluffier bread that tastes a little more like traditional bread.
The Reality Check - Is Cloud Bread Good for You?
The fact that cloud bread is low in carbs is a big pro for those on carb-restrictive diets, but it can also be a con. Carbs fuel the brain, working muscles, and are particularly important before and after exercise. If you are considering swapping wheat bread for cloud bread make sure that you enjoy other forms of carbohydrates—such as fruit, high-fiber cereals, and quinoa—before and after workouts to stave off fatigue.
Another important nutrient that's missing from cloud bread is fiber, which has been shown to help with cholesterol control and satiety. If switching entirely to cloud bread, it's important that you get adequate fiber from other sources, like fruit, veggies, and other whole grains.
For people who love bread, this might not be an even swap. But for people following certain Paleo or grain-free diets or those who just want to cut back on carbs, cloud bread is a suitable second best. Like all swaps, there's a place for it in any diet, so long as the remainder of your intake is filled with nutrient-dense foods, such as fruits and veggies.
As always, we’d love to hear about your experiences and ideas. Do you have any great tips or tricks for this recipe? Let us know in the comments!