Thursday, June 11, 2015

Cloud Bread Pizzas

Enjoy these low carbohydrate and gluten free mini pizzas without adding up the calories.

My weekends have been full of travel the past few weeks.  We have traveled to several states and taken a few flights to see numerous family members.  Max survived a few flights along the way with only a few screams (ok well one flight happened to be full of screams) and met a lot of new faces.

All the travels have kept me out of the kitchen and unable to do any blog baking.  Finally this past weekend I got to spend a few minutes testing out a recipe that I have been itching to try out for a while.  I first heard about cloud bread about a year ago when some of my weight loss surgery patients mentioned it.  The concept of a nearly carbohydrate bread that could be used for sandwiches, pizza, and more was very intriguing.

I decided to test out the cloud bread with one of my favorite meals, pizza of course.  I came across a recipe for cloud bread over at Momables.  Now lets be clear, the "cloud bread" doesn't necessarily have a texture or taste that greatly resembles bread, but it does have the ability to hold lunch meat or serve as a bread base for meals such as pizza.  The cloud bread is light in weight and quite airy - hence the name "cloud" bread.  I better understood the name of the bread once I saw the texture and consistency of the bread.

For the best results I would stick to baking them in small rounds.  I would assume if they are baked in too large of a size the center will not bake through.  The recipe consists of only a few ingredients you likely already have stocked in your kitchen. The preparation is simple. The most time consuming step is beating the egg whites until they form a stiff white peak.

The bread is best served at room temperature or slightly warmed.  Until the bread cools, it can crumble easily.  While the bread was cooling I took special care when transferring the bread and as I made them into pizzas.  Some of my patients recommend to make up a batch of the cloud bread and either refrigerate or freeze for later use.  I may just do that!

I have created a few other lower carbohydrate pizza alternative such as Cauliflower Crust Pizza or Guiltless Pizza Soup, but this is one of my favorites.  I can promise there will be future recipes with cloud bread!

Cloud Bread Pizzas
by Kristen Smith
Prep Time: 15-20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Keywords: appetizer bread entree snack pizza single serving vegetarian
Ingredients (8-10 pizzas)
    Cloud Bread:
    • 3 eggs, separated
    • 3 Tablespoons cream cheese (softened)
    • ¼ teaspoon cream of tartar
    • 1 Tablespoon honey or 2-3 drops liquid stevia (optional)
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1/2 cup pizza sauce
    • basil leaves, 6-10 leaves
    • 6 - 8 oz fresh mozzarella, slices (cut into fourths)
    1. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Line two cookie sheets with non-stick Silpat sheets or spray with non-stick cooking spray.
    2. Use an egg separator to separate eggs (making sure no yolk gets into whites)
    3. Pour egg whites into a medium bowl and add cream of tartar. Use a mixer to beat mixture on high until a fluffy mixture with form stiff peaks forms.
    4. In a separate bowl beat together the egg yolks, cream cheese, sweetener, and salt until well blended
    5. Carefully fold the egg yolk mixture into the fluffy egg white mixture. I would suggest to use a spatula for this step.
    6. With a large spoon, scoop the mixture into 8-10 even rounds onto the cookie sheets. Use the back of the spoon to flatten the rounds to about a 3/4 inch thickness.
    7. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about 25-27 minutes or until slightly browned (you don't want too much browning) as they will get cooked again
    8. Remove from oven and let cool for 5-10 minutes (the mini-breads are very crumbly at first).
    9. While cloud bread is cooling, turn oven up to 375 degrees Fahrenheit
    10. To make pizzas spoon about 2-3 teaspoons of sauce over pizzas and spread evenly, top with small pieces of basil, lastly top with cheese
    11. Bake at 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 6-8 minutes. Watch the pizzas closely as the bread will continue to brown.
    *Consider making the cloud bread ahead of time or freezing a batch of the cloud bread.
    Serving size: 1 pizza • Servings: 10 • Calories: 88.9 kcal • Protein: 5.9 g • Carbs: 1.2 g • Fat: 6.6 g • Fiber: 0.6 g • Sugar: 0.3 g • Sodium: 182.3 mg
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    1. I wish you wouldn't use the word "guilt" to describe food. As a fellow dietitian I am sure you know that shame and guilt associated with eating is a strong indicator of an eating disorder. As dietitians we should be champions against the culture of shame and guilt associated with food, not adding to the problem.

    2. I honestly don't that that the word "guilt" is a direct trigger for unhealthy behaviors. As a registered dietitian myself, I think our fellow colleagues need to relax a little bit about word usage such as "bad fats", "bad carbs". It's not a big deal, and people aren't going to be prone to complications because of our word usage.

    3. 3. Pour egg whites into a medium bowl and add cream of tartar. Using a mixture beat mixture on high until a fluffy mixture with form stiff peaks forms.

      1. Thanks for sharing. Edit has been made! :)

      2. Wow, tough crowd. I, for one, am thankful for your recipe post. : )

    4. I extremely love your recipes. It is very suitable for me. Thanks.

    5. Wow, this looks amazing. I've only just recently stumbled across your article and its amazing!!!
      Nice post ! thank you for your share!

    6. It must be very delicious, very nice post

    7. Just an observation...when making cloud bread, I add a teaspoon or so of Italian seasoning to the batter...also a dash of garlic powder. When making the pizzas, I bake in a cast iron skillet brushed with olive oil. They will get a little crunch to the crust this way if watched closely.

      1. This is a great idea! Perhaps I will incorporate into a future post!

    8. Thanks. I love your post, it really good and interesting.

    9. This looks great!It seems OK for me. I must try it for my kids.Thanks

    10. it looks like that is very easy to make. I am going to give it a try once. Thank for explaining all in detail.

    11. I saved your recipe and will make them in my weekend. I am sure that my kids will love this very much. Thank you for your awesome recipe!

    12. I bookmarked your blog, lots of useful recipes here!

    13. Great preparations there, my wife would love your recipes for sure !

    14. Wow! I think I gained 15 pounds just reading about these pizzas. Your pictures are fab… it’s like I’m right there in your kitchen with you. Scrumptious!

    15. Oh this recipe is amazing! I really hope I don't mess up in the kitchen. Practice first, prepare for my wife's birthday. Thank you!

    16. this looks scrumptious
      i will try this out for sure
      thanks for posting



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