Whether you are gluten intolerant or avoiding grains or carbs, if you are like me, you miss bread. And pizza. And hamburger buns. Sure, there are gluten-free breads available in stores, but they have long lists of strange-sounding ingredients that we can’t pronounce and don’t feel like researching. And these so-called breads often taste like we’re chewing cardboard. Cloud bread to the rescue! Scratch-made cloud bread, hot out of the oven, has the aroma, taste and mouthfeel of real bread. What’s more, it’s a versatile recipe. Though cloud bread tastes great on its own or with butter and jam, just add garlic to the batter and you’ve got garlic bread. Add sesame seeds on top and you’ve got bread rolls. Add tomato, cheese and toppings and you’ve got pizza. Here are 10 cloud-bread recipes that will change your mind about gluten-free bread forever.
Cloud bread is not new. It’s been around since Dr. Atkins started the low-carb revolution with his bestselling book of the 1970s. The Atkins recipe called for eggs, cream of tartar and cottage cheese instead of cream cheese, but otherwise, yeah, cloud bread is the same as the Atkin’s Revolution Roll. Sometime around 2008, low-carb bloggers reprised the recipe from memory (the book was out of print by then), mistakenly substituting cream cheese for the cottage cheese, and Oopsie Bread bread was born. Dr. Andreas Eenfeldt, M.D. — a Swedish family medicine doctor who has seen success in reversing diabetes in patients through low-carb eating — explains the science behind limiting grains and starches to maintain steady insulin levels and offers a persuasive array of research studies. His site has a recipe section devoted to low-carb breads and crackers, many of the recipes grain- and gluten-free, and among them are many variations what he calls Oopsie Bread (AKA Cloud Bread).
Because I am gluten- and grain-free, and therefore, bread-deprived, Cloud Bread tastes divine to me. I wouldn’t stand it up in a taste test against real bread for those who can have the real thing, but for those of us who can’t, Cloud Bread is heaven-sent.
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(Photo via Dr. Eenfeldt/Diet Doctor)