Monday, September 4, 2017

Mana from Heaven? It depends on your point of view...

There's a unique kind of bread that's been getting a lot of attention on Instagram and Pinterest lately.  It's called 'Cloud Bread' because the idea to create bread without carbs.  While most cloud bread recipes call for eggs, cream of tartar (a natural thickener), and cream cheese, here's one that replaces the cream cheese with yogurt.

The sandwich-sized rounds come out of the oven with a crisp exterior and fluffy – you guessed it – cloud-like interior. When stored overnight, they become soft and chewy.

One last thing:  Cloud bread tastes faintly of egg.  Adding a pinch of salt makes it taste more like bread. You can adjust the flavor to your liking with a sprinkling of crushed herbs like oregano or basil, a dusting of paprika or cumin, or sweeten the batter with a dash of honey.  

Try it!

Cloud Bread Recipe (with Greek yogurt):

Total Time: 40 min.
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cooking Time: 30 min.
Yield: 3 servings, 2 pieces each

Nonstick cooking spray
3 large eggs
1 dash cream of tartar
1 dash sea salt (or Himalayan salt) (to taste, optional)
⅓ cup reduced-fat (2%) plain Greek yogurt

1. Heat oven to 300° F.
2. Lightly coat large baking sheet with spray. Set aside.
3. Separate egg yolks from egg whites. Place whites in a medium bowl. Place yolks in a separate medium bowl. Set aside.
4. Add cream of tartar to egg whites. Beat with a mixer on high until stiff peaks form, about 4 minutes. Set aside.
5. Add salt and yogurt to egg yolks. Beat with a mixer on medium until blended.
6. Gently fold ⅓ of egg white mixture into egg yolk mixture. Fold in the remaining egg white mixture until just incorporated, being careful not to over-mix.
7. Using a spoon, transfer a scoop of egg mixture onto prepared baking sheet, gently spreading into a thick pancake shape about 3 inches in diameter. Repeat with remaining batter.
8. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, or until golden brown and exterior is crispy to the touch. Immediately loosen cloud breads with a spatula; allow to cool on the baking sheet for 3 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
9. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container.

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