How do you like your eggs in the morning? For many foodies the humble scrambled, poached or fried egg is no longer enough, and has made way for an interesting new take on the breakfast staple. Introducing the cloud egg, Instagram's newest food trend that sees people whisking their egg whites to create a fluffy, cloud-like texture, with the yolk served in the centre.
Unlike many other food fads the photogenic dish is quick and easy to make at home, and can be tailored to your tastes with anything from cheese to bacon or chilli whisked through your egg whites. Cloud eggs are also a healthy, balanced meal choice with around 160 calories and a mix of protein and healthy fats. Fancy trying the craze at home? Follow this step-by-step guide to creating the perfect fluffy, cloud eggs.
Cloud eggs have proved popular on Instagram
1) Separate your egg whites from the yolk, and whip the whites until they have a thick, fluffy consistency.
2) Experiment with flavours; you could try whipping herbs, chilli, chopped bacon pieces or grated cheese into the egg whites to your taste.
3) Place the egg white mix onto a baking tray in small piles and bake in a pre-heated oven for around eight minutes or until they start to brown.
4) Remove the egg whites from the oven and carefully add the yolk into the middle of each pile. Bake for a further three minutes. Serve and enjoy immediately - once you've captured the all-important Instagram photo, that is!
Cloud eggs are easy to make and contain around 160 calories
The new social media food trend follows the recent craze for Starbucks' limited edition Unicorn Frappuccino, which was available only in the United States, Canada and Mexico and sparked over 150,000 Instagram posts as customers showed off the colourful pink and blue iced drink. Meanwhile Los Angeles ice cream parlour Little Damage put a spin on the classic whippy ice cream by serving a black, charcoal-infused alternative, served in a black waffle cone.
Have you tried cloud eggs, or will you attempt to make them?