This easy cloud bread recipe has been around for quite a long time, and there’s a good reason. It’s easy to make, it’s delicious, and it’s the perfect bread for low-carb diets. In fact, it’s perfect for anyone following the keto way of eating.
Keto Friendly Bread Substitute
Whether you’re on a Keto diet or not, there are times when you might want something besides traditional bread.
It doesn’t taste exactly like traditional bread when you eat it alone. However, you can add different toppings to get the same satisfaction.
Cloud bread is extremely versatile. Serve it with butter and jam or use it in place of sandwich bread.
If you want to enjoy a hamburger, use cloud bread instead of traditional buns. You might have to bring your own if you’re going to a friend’s cookout. Don’t be surprised if people ask for the recipe.
You can also top it with pizza sauce and cheese and put it in the oven for a few minutes. This is great for a low-carb snack or meal.
Slice it into strips, spray a little olive oil on them, sprinkle a little garlic salt, and toast them. Now you’ll have some delicious breadsticks to eat with your meal or for a snack.
Cover the tops with melted butter and sprinkle cinnamon sugar (or sugar substitute) over the top for a tasty sweet snack.
Eat it with bacon and eggs for breakfast. You can add butter and jam for even more deliciousness.
What Is Cloud Bread?
Cloud bread is a delicious bread substitute for people who follow a gluten-free, Keto, Atkins, or other low-carb eating plan.
It’s made with a mixture of eggs and cheese or yogurt. The lightness of the egg whites when beaten gives it a cloud-like texture.
The cheese (or yogurt) adds substance and provides a nice chew. After you try this cloud bread, you’ll want to make it part of your diet, even if you’re not on Keto.
Easy Cloud Bread Ingredients
One of the things that I love about cloud bread is the fact that it doesn’t require many ingredients. And you’re likely to have the ingredients in your pantry and fridge.
You only need 3 things:
- Cream cheese
- Stabilizer (cream of tartar or baking powder)
For exact measurements of each ingredient and full directions, go to the recipe card at the bottom of the page. You can even print out the card by using the “print” button.
The cream cheese needs to be softened, or it will be difficult to mix it into the yolks when you reach that step.
Also, you need 2 mixing bowls, a couple of spoons, a hand mixer, and a baking sheet.
First, I like to preheat my oven to 300 degrees F before I do anything else. That way, it’s ready to go as soon as everything is mixed.
Secondly, I cover my baking sheet with parchment paper. You can also use a silicone mat if you prefer.
How to Make Easy Cloud Bread
Next, it’s time to separate the egg yolks from the egg whites.
Although it’s not difficult, you still need to be extra careful not to get any of the yolk in with the white.
What happens when the yolk gets into the white is the fat from the yolk prevents the white from forming peaks.
Then, add the cream of tartar to the egg whites and beat with your hand mixer until you have stiff peaks. I usually start out on low and gradually work my way up to the top speed on the mixer.
Once you beat the egg whites well enough to form stiff peaks, set that bowl aside so you can work on the yolks.
Stir the cream cheese into the yolks. You can either use a spoon or your hand mixer.
I prefer to use the mixer because I don’t have the patience to stir it until all of the cream cheese dissolves enough to mix with the yolks.
It blends very quickly with a mixer.
If you want to add salt, do it now. I don’t typically add salt because the cream cheese enhances the flavor enough for my taste.
But as always with optional ingredients, it’s up to you. Make it to suit your personal taste.
After the cream cheese is mixed into the yolks, the batter should have a light, creamy yellow color.
Next, slowly add the yolk mixture to the beaten egg whites.
Slowly stir the mixture, but don’t beat it vigorously because you don’t want to flatten the whites.
It doesn’t take long at all to do this step, but you want to make sure it’s well mixed.
Time to Bake It
Then, spoon the mixture onto your baking sheet in 6 equal parts, making sure they don’t touch each other.
I like to make circles, but you can put them on the sheet in any shape you want.
Put them in the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until they turn a light golden brown.
Finally, remove them from the oven and let them cool for about an hour before you touch them.
I’ve made the mistake of being too eager and picking one up. Unfortunately, it fell apart, but at least I learned my lesson.
Important Tips to Successfully Make Cloud Bread
As you make cloud bread, there are some ways to ensure that it comes out the way you want it. Here are some important tips to keep in mind:
Make sure there is no egg yolk in the egg whites when you separate them. If even a tiny bit of yolk is in there, you’ll compromise the ability to make it fluffy.
Gently fold the whisked egg whites into the rest of the mixture. If you stir it too vigorously, you’ll lose some of the fluffiness.
Don’t crank up the oven temperature to cook the cloud bread more quickly. If you do, you’ll wind up with a mess of burned eggs.
Add seasonings that you know you’ll like. If you’re making an Italian meal, add an Italian spice blend to make the cloud bread even better.
Questions About Cloud Bread
Although this is such an easy bread to make, you may still have some questions. Here are some of them with the answers.
How Long Does Cloud Bread Last?
I prefer to make just enough cloud bread for one day. However, if you have some left over, you can leave it on the counter for a couple of days.
If you refrigerate cloud bread, it should last up to a week. I still prefer eating when it’s fresh, but there may be times when you need to make it in advance.
Either wrap the bread in plastic wrap or store it in an airtight container so it won’t absorb smells or flavors of other items in your refrigerator.
Can You Freeze Cloud Bread?
Yes, you can freeze cloud bread. However, the texture will be somewhat different, so it’s best to toast it if it’s ever been frozen.
Before you put it in the freezer, put it in a freezer bag or other airtight container to prevent freezer burn.
Why Did My Cloud Bread Go Flat?
Chances are, if your cloud bread turned out flat, you didn’t beat the eggs long enough. You need to beat them until they form a stiff peak, which gives them the airiness that delivers the texture of a good piece of cloud bread.
Another thing to keep in mind is that it’s best to separate the “slices” before freezing so they don’t stick together.
I place a small piece of wax paper between them and then put them in a freezer bag.
If you like this cloud bread recipe, then try making these basic chaffles. They have similar ingredients, and they’re also gluten-free.
You can also make these chocolate chaffles if you’re in the mood for sweets. They’re delicious with ice cream or whipped cream on top.
Another type of bread we enjoy is this southern style cornbread. It reminds me of my childhood every time I take a bite.
If gluten isn’t problem for you, try this beer bread from Back to My Southern Roots. My friend Julie runs this blog, and I can tell you from personal experience that she’s a fabulous cook!
- 3 large eggs
- 1/3 cup of cream cheese, softened
- 1/8 teaspoon of cream of tartar
- Dash of salt (optional)
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F. Cover a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Separate the egg whites from the yolks into 2 mixing bowls.
- Mix the cream of tartar into the egg whites and beat them until they form stiff peaks.
- Combine the cream cheese with the egg yolks and mix well.
- Fold the egg whites into the yolk mixture. Be careful not to mix too vigorously, or the whites will go flat.
- Scoop 6 even dollops onto the baking sheet and spread them out into 1/2-inch thick circles, leaving a little bit of space between the circles.
- Bake for 25 minutes or until they’re golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool for about an hour before serving them.
- Store your cloud bread in an airtight container or zip lock bag.
Cloud bread will keep in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
If you want to keep it longer, separate each slice and freeze it in an airtight container.
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Nutrition InformationYield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 81Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 106mgSodium 101mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 4g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.