Cloud bread – celebrating Valentine’s Day on cloud nine

“THAT’s the best meal you’ve ever cooked,” was the compliment ringing in my ears from my family last night. My Valentine’s Day dish wasn’t exotic or erotic but it definitely satisfied an urge.

While some might have been drooling over oysters, steak or their M&S Valentine’s meal deal I was salivating over the thought of a burger with all the trimmings. Thanks to cloud bread I now have a new love.

CLOUD BREAD

Should make about 10 cloud buns/bread

Ingredients

3 eggs separated
3 tbs cream cheese
¼ tsp cream of tartar
salt and pepper

Method

Preheat the oven to 150C

Put the egg yolks, cream cheese and salt and pepper into a bowl and combine until smooth

Whisk the egg whites and cream of tartar together until you have soft peaks

Beat one spoonful of the egg whites into the yolk /cheese mix, and then fold in the rest of the egg whites

Drop tablespoonfuls of the mixture onto a greased baking tray and bake in oven for approx. 15-20 minutes.

Since January 1 we’ve been pretty much carb free but, six weeks on, our new menu has felt too much like a diet. We’ve substituted pizza dough bases for cauliflower- delish, spaghetti for courgetti – gorge, but hadn’t tried a low carb alternative to bread and we were missing out.

So last night I made cloud bread for the first time, it is unbelievably easy with just three ingredients (eggs, cream cheese and cream of tartar) but it doesn’t taste like bread – more of a baked souffle.

The actress and cook, Lisa Faulkner, made them on ITV’s This Morning last week and hers were properly thick whereas mine were more like wafer thin pancakes.

I think the problem was in the whisking of the egg whites, I had to it by hand and it took so long that all the family got involved in the pursuit of creating ‘soft peaks’. I think I need to invest in an electric mixer.

Despite their slimness they proved an adequate and tasty vehicle for the generous filling inside – homemade burgers, fried onions, gherkins, cheese and tomatoes. Yum.

So now the ‘bread’ urge has been scratched I’d like to try and find a healthy substitute for another of my favourites, chocolate. But then again, maybe not. While it’s fine to find an alternative to bread, pasta and pizza a healthy version of chocolate is bound to be a let down. And on Valentine’s Day that truly would be heartbreaking.

Watch how to make cloud bread here: 

http://www.itv.com/thismorning/food/cloud-bread-lisa-faulkner-recipe

 

 

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