Cloud bread is an incredible invention that offers a high-protein, low-carb, or no-carb alternative to regular types of bread. It's perfect for sandwiches and super easy to make, but is it really that fluffy, tasty and wholesome?
In this post, I will explain what is cloud bread, how to make it, and how best to store it. By the end, you will be fully prepared to make a perfect batch, and store it well.
Without further ado, let's look what's all the rage is about?
What Is Cloud Bread?
Cloud bread is a low-carb bread alternative made of eggs, cream cheese, baking powder, and flavorings. It has a light and fluffy texture, and it is loaded with protein and fats. With only 4 ingredients and a cook time of 25-30 minutes, cloud bread is an excellent choice for anyone on a low-carbohydrate diet.
As you can see, it is a special type of bread, also known as oopsie bread or oopsie roll. It is circular in shape, with each slice baked separately. Each slice has a light, airy texture but remains reminiscent of a regular loaf.
The 'cloud' part of the name stems from the fact that this bread is so fluffy and that the slices often have a bumpy appearance, like cumulus clouds.
You can use it to make sandwiches or dip in soup – basically as a replacement for any regular bread.
The difference is that cloud bread is really low in carbohydrates and really high in protein. Typically, bread is full of flour and carbohydrates, with very little protein to speak of. Cloud bread flips this on its head.
Also, because it is grain-free, it contains no gluten.
The ingredients in cloud bread are usually:
- Baking powder or cream of tartar
- Cream cheese or cottage cheese (some recipes also use mascarpone)
You can technically make cloud bread using only the first three ingredients. However, the fluffy texture of the dough can make it feel quite sweet and dessert-like unless you add savory seasonings such as garlic powder or Italian herbs. This is a matter of preference, though.
To make good batch, you will also need a good whisk or an electric mixer, a baking tray, and parchment/baking paper.
What Makes Cloud Bread So Great?
So, you might be wondering, why anyone would use it over regular bread.
Apparently, cloud bread came about during the height of the Atkins diet. For those who don't know, the Atkins diet involved eating very low amounts of carbs to force your body into a state called ketosis. In this state, the body burns ketones stored in fat, therefore forcing you to lose weight. Due to the lack of carbs, those on the Atkins diet eat lots of protein.
Nowadays, the Atkins diet has fallen out of fashion to be replaced with the Keto Diet. The difference is that those on the Atkins diet dramatically cut out carbs and then gradually increase their carbohydrate intake again over time. The keto diet is more permanent, and you eat a low-carb diet all the time.
Both diets are about weight loss. Although the long term weight loss benefits of the keto diet are up for debate now, it still remains quite popular.
Not being able to eat carbs means that you're seriously limited with what you can eat; you can kiss goodbye to sandwiches!
Cloud bread solves this issue because it's virtually carb-free. There is no flour whatsoever, not even a low-carb flour like almond flour. As a result, those on low-carb diets can enjoy it – which is sometimes called keto cloud bread – without worry.
It also solves the high-protein issue. Thanks to the egg whites and cream cheese, it's relatively high in protein.
Nutrition aside, cloud bread is delicious, versatile, and has an incredible texture.
Tips to Make It Light and Fluffy
Making cloud bread requires knowledge of making meringues. Meringues can be finicky and complicated, so nailing the meringue involves knowledge of the following tips and tricks.
- Beat egg whites separately: There can be no yolk whatsoever in the egg whites, so you need to be good at separating them. Egg whites on their own can be beaten to a greater volume, and yolk can mess up the final result.
- Use a cold glass or ceramic bowl: Getting perfect beaten egg white can be tricky, and sometimes the simplest of things can prevent those stiff peaks from forming. It works best in a glass or ceramic bowl – avoid plastic. A cold bowl is also better.
- Use room temperature eggs: Room temperature egg whites will work better than cold ones.
- Don't overbeat: You need to stop as soon as stiff peaks form. Otherwise, the bread won't rise properly.
Best Cloud Bread Recipes
There are lots of good cloud bread recipes around, but here are three of my favorites.
- This one from A Spicy Perspective uses Italian seasoning to make a delicious, savory bread that's perfect for sandwiches.
- Another savory recipe is from Wholesum Yum. However, this recipe is more vibrant because it uses mascarpone.
- Finally, try this one from Buzzfeed's Tasty, which uses Greek yogurt as a slightly healthier alternative.
All three recipes make deliciously fluffy cloud bread, so your favorite method will depend on your preferences of ingredients.
Storing Cloud Bread
Because of the more perishable ingredients used in cloud bread, it should be stored differently than your regular loaf of bread.
Here is the easy way to store it:
- Allow the cloud bread to cool to room temperature before storing it.
- Find a clean, saleable container.
- Stack the cloud bread in the storage container and place a piece of wax paper between each one.
- Store them in the refrigerator for 2-3 days.
- Or you can freeze them for up to 3 months.
Cloud bread will taste the best when it is fresh. It tastes nicest and has the best texture if you eat it within 12 hours of baking, so you should try to consume it on the same day. Although the texture deteriorates after this point.
Because it is really easy to make, there is no need to bake large quantities. Still, if you have some leftover, it will keep in the refrigerator for several days or in the freezer for about three months.
However, note that thawing it will alter the texture even more, so refrigeration is best.
When you're ready to eat it, you can warm it in the oven, but make sure that you thaw it first.
It is a delicious, high-protein alternative to other types of bread. Once you know how to make meringues, making cloud bread is really quick and easy.
After making several slices of tasty, airy cloud bread, store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for several days. However, be aware that the texture will be a little softer when you warm them up again, ready to eat and enjoy.