It was sheer wizardry. I literally created something “magically delicious” (as the Lucky Charms leprechaun would say) out of thin air. Well, almost thin air. Ok, it was three ingredients, but out of those three ingredients came the most mysterious, unlikely and completely delicious creation called Gluten Free Cloud Bread. I wish you could’ve seen my face when I watched it form in the oven, or when I devoured one for the first time. It’s almost impossible to believe that a few eggs, cottage cheese or cream cheese and a pinch of Cream of Tartar could make bread that really tastes like bread but feels like a cloud. Even better, it stays that way for days, if stored properly. Is it just a fun and unique kitchen project to try with the kids, or is it legitimate bread that can be toasted, filled or eaten plain? It’s both, and that’s the beauty of Cloud Bread. I love experimenting in the kitchen, and the more I do, the more I understand how certain ingredients interact and combine and create beautiful flavors, textures and delicious dishes. But really, on this day, I was just a wizard making Cloud Bread, and you and your kids are going to have a blast being wizards too!
- 3 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons cottage cheese (4%) or cream cheese
- 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- Preheat oven to 300 degrees. Separate the eggs. There can be no egg yolk in the whites. In one bowl, mix together the egg yolks, cottage cheese or cream cheese, and sugar. Blend until smooth. In the other bowl add the egg whites and Cream of Tartar. Beat on high speed until they are fluffy and form stiff peaks. Carefully fold the egg yolk mixture into the egg whites. Spray two cookie sheets liberally with cooking spray (or butter). With a large spoon, scoop the mixture into even rounds on the sheets about the size of the top-half of a hamburger bun, roughly 1 inch thick and 4 inches in diameter. Bake for 30 minutes or until golden brown. For crispier bread, serve right away. For softer bread, place bread (when cooled) in air-tight container or plastic bag. Eat them as snacks, or make sandwiches out of them!
What the heck is Cream of Tartar?
Cream of Tartar is a kitchen staple used to stabilize whipped cream or egg whites when making cakes, cookies, pies, pancakes and meringues. But! Cream of Tartar can also be used as a metal polish by mixing it with lemon juice or distilled vinegar to form a paste. What does wine have to do with Cream of Tartar? It starts out as potassium bitartrate that crystallizes during grape fermentation inside wine barrels used to age wines. It is then purified and ground into powder.
Storing Tip: Store in a sealed container away from moisture, heat and light.