Have you seen videos online of people squishing their homemade bread in their hands showing just how fluffy, springy, and airy it is? This is cloud bread, and while it may be a new sensation in the online space, it’s something that’s been around for a long time, and I want to show you how to make it.
What Is Cloud Bread?
That means you’re leaving out several the ingredients you would find in normal homemade bread, because this recipe is different, Cloud bread is springier, bouncing back when squeezed together because it’s so light and fluffy.
It has a lot of sugar in it, which makes it seem like more of a dessert bread. Of course, for those people who are used to having muffins or donuts for breakfast, having cloud bread in the morning won’t be much of a change.
What Does Cloud Bread Taste Like?
This is a really sweet food, and many people would think of it as a dessert rather than something to have for a meal. You can always cut back on the amount of sugar that’s in it, but that will affect the consistency, texture, and flavor. It’s meant to be really sweet, and that’s part of what helps it be so springy.
If I were to describe its taste, I would say it’s similar to marshmallows, since it’s made out of sugar and egg whites just like marshmallows are. You’re supposed to bake them lightly, but they can become crispier when you let them dry out a little more and bake them for longer.
This is a dish that’s very similar to macaron, pavlova, or just your typical meringue. You may have had something similar to cloud bread before and not realized that’s what you were having.
How Many Calories in Cloud Bread?
Your serving size may be different, but if you go with the cloud bread recipe I’m going to give you below, then you’ll end up with about 194 calories per serving, or thereabouts. If you change out any of the ingredients, your calorie count is going to change as well.
It’s not a huge serving amount, so that’s quite a few calories for something so small, but that’s to be expected when you’re dealing with something so sugary. In other words, if you’re watching your weight, don’t eat cloud bread every day, but it should be okay to have every once in a while.
How to Make Cloud Bread without Cornstarch?
This is a dish you’d usually use cornstarch in, along with egg whites and sugar. Cornstarch is the binder, holding everything together. You may not have cornstarch available, though, or you may not want to use it. If you’re looking for a substitute, flour will work in a pinch.
You can use all-purpose flour, but you have to use twice as much flour as you would cornstarch. It’s going to change the consistency, texture, and the flavor a little bit, but you’re still getting something very similar to conventional cloud bread. I wouldn’t recommend flour if cornstarch is available, but if that’s all you have, it will work.
How to Store Cloud Bread
Can cloud bread be stored after it’s been made? Yes, you don’t have to eat it right away, so you can make more than you need in a single setting, and it’s best kept in the refrigerator.
While normal bread could be kept out on the countertop and covered to keep it safe from pests, cloud bread does best when it’s kept stored in the fridge, and it can stay in there in an airtight container for a few days.
I do want to warn you that the texture may change over the next day or so. For best results, you should eat cloud bread within about 12 hours of baking it. If you wait any longer than that, the texture is going to start changing, and it might not be as good the second time as it was when you first made it.
How to Make Cloud Bread
Let me share with you now a method for making cloud bread that works really well for me. There are some other methods you can try, especially if you want to experiment with this and do some different things with it, but you should probably start with this basic recipe I’m going to give you, and then you can deviate from there when you start to feel comfortable with it.
- 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
- 3 large egg whites
- 2 1/2 tablespoons of sugar
- Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit.
- While the oven is heating, prepare a stand mixer and mixing bowl. You want to use the whip attachment and then pour the eggs into the bowl and whip on medium high. Continue whipping them until they achieve a frothy texture.
- Add in your sugar next- just a tablespoon at first- continue whipping, and then another tablespoon until all of it has been added.
- Add the cornstarch in slowly, sifting it into your mixture and then continue whipping with the stand mixer. You want to keep whipping until the egg whites hold a peak and achieve a glossy look and a thick meringue texture. This should take around 5 or 6 minutes.
- Prepare a baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper. Then, use a spoon to scoop the meringue from the bowl onto the baking sheet and form the meringue into a mound or fluffy cloudlike shape.
- Let your cloud bread bake for 20 to 25 minutes. You’ll know it’s done when it achieves a light golden brown hue on the outside. Serve it once it has cooled slightly.
If you want to give your cloud bread extra color or flavor, you can use baking extracts or flavorings, as well as food color when you’re making the initial mixture.
This recipe will give you a single loaf of cloud bread, and you can double it, if you want more. The calorie count I gave you earlier is for an entire loaf of cloud bread made according to this recipe.