Dalgona coffee, cloud bread and cereal pancakes: easy recipes for Instagram’s hottest food trends

  • Coronavirus lockdown saw people getting creative with their food on social media
  • When you take a break from online classes and endless Netflix, up your foodie game with these three dishes
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Bonus points if you can actually get these clouds in your cloud bread!

Run out of after-school things to do now you’ve perfected your “study from home” wardrobe, clocked a zillion hours of Netflix and Zoom calls, and belted out all your favourite songs in the shower? This could be a good time to put on an apron and try these three easy, ’Gram-worthy recipes that have gone as viral as the coronavirus itself.

Cloud bread

This oh-so-fluffy bread is all the rage right now, appearing on social media in all the colours of the rainbow. There’s something really satisfying seeing people ripping into and squishing their cloud bread.

The best part? You probably have all the ingredients at home.

Ingredients:

  • 3 egg whites
  • ​​​​​​​2 ½ tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cornstarch
  • Food colouring (optional)

Directions:

1 Preheat oven to 300 degrees Celsius.

2 Beat egg whites in an extremely clean bowl until bubbly.

3 Add the sugar and cornstarch, and whip everything together until you get stiff peaks. The mixture should look smooth and creamy like shaving cream, and shouldn’t slide when you tilt the bowl.

4 Add the food colouring if using.

5 Shape the mixture into a dome, scoop onto a lined baking tray, and bake for 20-25 minutes.

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Cereal pancake

If you have time to kill before breakfast (or anytime of the day, really), this is the perfect recipe. It basically requires piling lots of mini pancakes into a bowl and eating them with a spoon, just like cereal! They are really versatile; serve them instead with any pancake topping. Maybe don’t completely replace your fibre-packed muesli, but this is a great treat.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups pancake mix
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • some butter (for greasing the pan)

Directions:

1 Stir the pancake mix, milk and eggs until they are blended together. Make sure there are no clumps.

2 Heat a non-stick pan or griddle over medium-high heat. Lightly grease with a little butter.

3 Pour pancake batter into a squeezable bottle. If you don’t have one, pour it into a Ziploc bag, and cut a tiny hole in the bottom corner.

4 Squeeze small dots of batter onto the hot, greased pan. Cook until the bubbles form on the top of the pancakes and they look dry. Flip with a spatula and cook until golden underneath, about another 1-2 minutes. 5 Repeat with remaining batter, lightly greasing the pan between each batch.

6 Serve with milk, or your favourite toppings.

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Dalgona whipped coffee

It’s never too late to jump on a coffee trend bandwagon!This sweet, frothy drink needs no introduction. It took the internet by storm earlier this year, and gave us our caffeine kick while some of our favourite cafes were closed during lockdown. It’s also the perfect drink to wash down your cloud bread and cereal pancake feast,for a perfect storm of IG posts.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons instant coffee
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • ice (for serving)
  • milk (for serving)

Directions:

1 In a medium bowl, combine sugar, coffee, and water. Using a hand mixer or a whisk, vigorously whisk until mixture turns silky smooth and shiny. Continue whisking until it thickens and holds its lofty, foamy shape.

2 Fill a glass ¾ full with ice and milk.

3 Dollop and swirl the whipped coffee mixture on top.

4 Mix together, then enjoy.

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