The Fluffiest Keto Cloud 'Bread' Of All Time Recipe

    
Chef Mario Limaduran
Chef Mario Limaduran

This super low carb, high fat, and moderate protein "bread" is quite possibly the ideal keto meal companion. Perfect on days when you're craving some starchy texture, or a perfect meal prep item to your morning egg and keto coffee routine. 

How to Make a Keto Cloud Bread

Oh yes oh yes (that’s my Carl Cox imitation). We went there.

The texture of this 'bread' imitates real bread, but without the gluten or carbs, and it packs high levels of fat to help you stay in ketosis.

Baking is quite the science (unless you are Trifecta's Sous Chef, Skyler Hanka, who has a magic touch at baking). You can find multiple recipes on the internet that showcase various methods of creating different low-carb breads. But unlike cooking, any deviance from a baking recipe can cause the desired product to be a complete failure.

I cannot stress enough the importance of following the recipe to the exact measurements to have a great end result. This is also why I have developed and provided this recipe using grams as the unit of measurement.

Some keto cloud breads call for a special ingredient, psyllium husk, which you can purchase ahead of time online. But to make things easier (and after cooking and testing this recipe), we have substituted the psyllium husk with ground flaxseed meal (ground flaxseed).

The cream of tartar is an acidic component that is absolutely necessary to stabilize and make stiff peaks with the egg whites. If you don't have cream of tartar, you can also substitute it with lemon juice or white wine vinegar (but candidly, the white wine vinegar does not have the best flavor). For 1 large egg white, use 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice or white wine vinegar. (1 large egg white is about 2 tablespoons or 36g - so if you don't have cream of tartar, add 1/4 teaspoon of lemon juice or white wine vinegar per 2 tablespoons of egg white). 

You will need 3 egg yolks for this recipe - use 3 whole eggs, divide the whites from the yolks into separate bowls, and use egg whites from a carton to complete the required egg white quantity for this recipe. Also, make sure you don't add the yolks to the cream cheese without first tempering and mixing the cream cheese in the mixer (this will stop any clumps from forming).

This recipe makes about 8-10 cloud breads, each weighing 35 grams, raw. There's about a 46% cooking yield factor - meaning the 35 grams will become 46% lighter by weight when cooked. Make the 'dough' mix and evenly weigh them on a scale. See below for the method of preparation.

If you want to make these a bit more savory, add 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic and finely minced chives when you add the flaxseed meal. Mix to fully incorporate. Otherwise, leave them out.

Per keto bread: 6g of fat, 1g of net carbs (1g carbs - 0g dietary fiber), and 3g of protein. Woohoo!

Ingredients:

Kitchen Needs:

  • Oven
  • Stand or hand mixer
  • Mixing bowls
  • Baking sheet pans
  • Parchment paper/Silicone baking pads 
  • Spatula
  • Tablespoons
  • Kitchen food scale

Step One: Preheat Oven and Create Stiff Peaks

Preheat the oven to 325 F.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, foil, or a nonstick silicone baking pad. Spray with spray oil of choice.

Separate 3 whole eggs into egg whites and yolks, adding the egg whites into the mixing bowl and yolks into a separate, small bowl. Complete the total amount of egg whites by adding whites from an egg white carton.

Whip the egg whites using the mixer for about 3 minutes until whites have just begun to mix. Add cream of tartar and mix for another 8-10 minutes, stopping and scrapping down the sides of the mixing bowl constantly, until you have stiff peaks (meaning, until you have the egg whites whipped enough to form peaks of raw meringue that hold their shape). Test by stopping the mixer, detaching the whisk and pulling the egg white with the bottom of the whisk attachment upwards. This should create a 'peak' (like a little snowy mountain peak) that holds it's shape. 

If you are unsure whether the whites are stiff or not, err on the side of caution and mix the whites further to ensure these are as stiff as possible. 

Transfer to a medium bowl and hold until needed.  Clean mixing bowl and dry.

Step Two: Mix, Fold Whites, Mix again

In the freshly cleaned mixing bowl, add the room temp cream cheese and mix with the whisk attachment for 1-2 minutes to further temper it (if you haven’t tempered your cream cheese, do this for 3-4 minutes). Only once the cream is smooth proceed to add the yolks.

Add the egg yolks, a small amount at a time and mix for another 2-5 minutes. 

Once egg yolk/cream cheese mix is fully incorporated, remove bowl from mixer. With a spatula, slowly fold in the egg white peaks, a little bit at a time, by gently mixing the whites into the yolk/cream cheese mix. 

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Folding is a culinary term that means; to carefully combine two mixtures of different texture into one relatively smooth mix (see image above).

Continue to slowly add the egg white peaks into the egg/cream cheese mix until all of it is folded in.

Once your mixture is fully combined, add the psyllium husk or ground flaxseed meal. With the same spatula, gently stir your ingredients together until fully incorporated. Be patient with this process.

The mixture’s texture should be a uniform, stiff mix.

Optional: If you want to make these a bit more savory, add 1/2 teaspoons of minced garlic and finely minced chives when you add the flaxseed meal. Mix to fully incorporate.

Step Three: Portion, Bake, and Cool

Scoop out and measure a 70 gram portion of the bread 'dough' mix in a small bowl or container. Then transfer to your lined baking sheet, scraping all sides of the container. Flatten out each bread with a spatula to create an even round shape. 

Repeat until all ‘dough’ is portioned out, leaving ¾” to 1” between the breads on the baking sheet.

In the preheated oven, if using a conventional setting, bake for 20 minutes. If using a convection oven, decrease the cooking time to around 13-15 minutes.

Set a timer for half the amount of time you are baking, based on your oven type, and rotate the pan half way through (don't flip the breads, just rotate the pan 180 degrees).

Set the timer again for the remaining time and keep a close eye on them to prevent over cooking.

When done, remove from the oven and insert a cake tester, or wooden toothpick to test doneness. If done, the toothpick should not have any raw ‘dough’ stuck to it when removed from the bread. 

You may have to carefully scrape the breads off the parchment/foil. Make sure you let the breads cool fully before removing. Scrape carefully with a flat spatula, slowly chipping away to remove the bread from the foil. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before storing in fridge.

Storing and Serving

Store these stacked in a large Tupperware or any air-tight container. Feel free to store them in a Ziplock bag as well with as much of the air removed as possible.

Refrigerate and keep for up to a week. Use and bake them as a staple for your keto meal prep.

Make sandwiches using these keto baked egg bites, add some previously meal prepped bacon. They are also perfect as tiny keto pizza doughs, or as a snack with cheese and deli meats. The sky is the limit on these ketogenic 'breads'! After all, they are clouds... 

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The Fluffiest Keto Cloud 'Bread' Of All Time Recipe

Cook time: 20 min
Prep time: 15 min
Yield: 12
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Description

Enjoy bread without the carbs. These fluffy keto cloud 'breads' are the perfect companion for your breakfast, lunch or, afternoon snack. Make them ahead and use them throughout your week.

Ingredients

  • 160g or 3 egg, whites and yolks separated
  • 2.4g or ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 4g or ½ tablespoon psyllium husk fiber or flaxseed, ground
  • 120g or 5 oz cream cheese, room temp.
  • 1 pinch sea salt or table salt
  • Optional: sliced chives and ½ teaspoon minced garlic

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 325 F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or a nonstick silicone baking pad. Spray with spray oil of choice.
  2. Separate egg whites into a stand mixer bowl and yolks into a separate side bowl. Whip the egg whites using the mixer for about 3 minutes until whites have just begun to mix. Add cream of tartar and mix for another 5 minutes or until you have stiff peaks (meaning, until you have the egg whites whipped enough to form peaks of raw meringue that hold their shape). Transfer to a medium bowl and hold until needed. Wash mixer bowl and dry.
  3. In the cleaned mixer bowl, add the room temp cream cheese and mix with the whisk attachment for 1-2 minutes. Add the egg yolks, a small amount at a time, and mix for another 2 minutes.
  4. Once the egg yolk/cream cheese mix is fully incorporated, remove the bowl from mixer, and with a spatula slowly fold the egg white peaks, a chunk at a time, mixing in all of the whites slowly and patiently. Continue to add the egg white peaks slowly, until all of it is folded in.
  5. Once the folded mixture is fully combined, add the psyllium husk or ground flaxseed meal. Gently mix in ingredients with the same spatula. The mixture’s texture should be a uniform stiff mix.
  6. Scoop out and measure 70g of the mix in a small bowl then transfer to your lined baking sheet. Repeat until all ‘dough’ is portioned, leaving ¾” to 1” between the bread. Flatten out with a spatula to create an even round shape (see picture for reference).
  7. If using a conventional oven, bake for 20 minutes. If using convection, back for only 13-15 minutes. Set a timer for half the amount of the time, based on your oven type, and rotate the pan 180 degrees. Set timer for the remaining time. Once done, remove from the oven and insert a cake tester, or wooden toothpick to test doneness. If done, the toothpick should not have any raw ‘dough’ stuck to it when removed from the bread.
  8. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely before storing in the fridge.

Notes

  • Make this recipe savory by adding the optional chives and/or garlic powder. Add these at the same time as you add the flaxseed meal.

Nutrition facts

serves 4 each
Calories Per Serving: 170
% Daily Value
8% Total Fat 6g
23% Cholesterol 70mg
3% Sodium 80mg
0% Total Carbohydrate 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 3g
Vitamin A 62.45mcg
Vitamin C 0mg

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