Starting a Ketogenic diet was a big lifestyle change.
I quickly realized the only way we would ever stick with a keto lifestyle over the long haul… was to get really good at making alternatives to traditional foods.
Things like bread, pizza, casseroles and desserts. On the top of my husband's list was keto bread and keto buns. We wanted a bun alternative that had the texture of bread and that would hold up to a hearty sandwich. Bacon, Lettuce, Tomato Cheese….
Basically we wanted real bread–but we wanted it to be keto!
It took me a few months to experiment with keto cloud bread. I had tried it from a friend and found the texture odd and a bit eggy. So, I'd discounted it and put it on the bottom of my “things to try” list. When I finally got around to trying it, and made a few tweaks, I have to admit, I'm impressed!
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Keto Cloud Bread Tips
Watch my video for an overview before making this keto bread recipe. It helps to know what to expect in advance ?
The Egg Whites: A Critical Step for Keto Cloud Bread
One crucial step is getting the egg whites separated and whipped correctly. Make sure that NO yolk accidentally drops into your egg whites. ANY yolk in your egg white will prevent them from whipping correctly and will cause this recipe to fail.
If you aren't experienced at separating eggs, consider investing in an inexpensive egg separator. Or, separate your eggs one at a time over small bowls so that if you mess up you only have to discard one egg instead of all the eggs. Practice makes perfect!
Cream of Tartar–Is it Essential?
The short answer is yes! Cream of tartar stabilizes the egg whites and is critical to a delicious keto cloud bread.
Egg whites can actually whip up to eight times of their unwhipped volume. Cream of tarter also helps prevent the whites from being “over-whipped” which is great for beginning cooks!
You'll have a prettier finished product when you incorporate cream of tartar into your egg whites.
Substitutions For Keto Cloud Bread
What Can I Substitute for Cream of Tartar?
There's really not a great substitute for cream of tartar. Some cooks use lemon juice –but it's not quite as effective. I've also heard of using a pure copper bowl–but this imparts a “rose” color on the eggwhites.
Your best bet is to run out to the store or head over to Amazon and order yourself some cream of tartar. You'll use it often in keto cooking!
Acacia Fiber– Can I skip it?
You can make this recipe without it. Or you could substitute a tablespoon of Psyllium Husk Powder or even Flax powder.
The acacia fiber lends this recipe even more of a “real bread” mouth feel. I didn't notice the eggyness at all when eating this version. As I mentioned before, with the original version of Cloud Bread– I couldn't get passed the eggy texture. The Acacia Fiber combined with the xanthan gum solves this problem!
You'll find Acacia fiber many of my Keto Baking Recipes and it's also a great fiber supplement to use while on a Keto diet.
Ingredients for Keto Cloud Bread
Here's a few things that are helpful in making this keto cloud bread:
- Egg Separator
- Hand Mixer
- Mixing Bowls
- Baking Sheet
- Parchment Paper
- Cream of Tartar
- Acacia Fiber Powder
- Xanthan Gum
Tutorial Video: Keto Cloud Bread
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Keto Cloud Bread: A Keto Bun Recipe
- Preheat your oven to 300 degrees.
- Line two cookie sheets with unbleached parchment paper.
- Separate the eggs–placing the whites in a medium bowl and the yolks in a smaller 2-3 cup bowl. Be careful no to allow ANY of the yolk to get into the egg whites. The egg yolk in the whites will prevent the egg whites from whipping up and this recipe will fail
- If you aren't experienced at separating eggs–crack them one at a time over a small bowl and carefully separate them. This way, if you mess up, you only have to discard one egg instead of all of them. You could also invest in an egg separating gadget like this.
- Set your egg whites aside.
- In your smaller bowl, combine cream cheese, acacia fiber, egg yolks and a pinch of salt. Blend until fully combined and no trace of cream cheese remains. (2-3 minutes on medium speed)
- Using your spatula, add your egg yolk mixture to the egg white mixture.
- IMPORTANT: Gently fold in the egg yolk mixture until completely combined. Do not over-mix. The more you mix, the more air that comes out of the egg whites.
- Scoop batter onto a lined baking sheet. (This recipe made 10 buns for me)
- Place in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes until browned.
- Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10-20 minutes before eating.