Creme Fraiche

Creme Fraiche

This post is about a Creme Fraiche is a soured, or cultured, cream that is used in a variety of dishes.   It’s similar to sour cream, but it’s richer and the flavor is less tart.   In our area, I can’t find Creme Fraiche in any stores, but luckily, it’s very easy to make Creme Fraiche.

All you need is cream and buttermilk.  It’s really that easy to make Creme Fraiche at home from items you can find in any supermarket.  It’s delicious to add richness to dishes like our recipe for Tomato Soup with Lentils.

Making Creme Fraiche is easier than making yogurt because there’s no need to heat the cream first.  It’s practically fool proof, and once you taste the homemade creme fraiche you’ll never go back.  It’s rich, smooth, and creamy.  Creme Fraiche

Give our recipe for Creme Fraiche a try and let us know what you think by leaving a comment below.

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Creme Fraiche
Recipe type: Fermented Dairy
Cuisine: French
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Serves: 1.125 cups
This is a simple cultured cream that is great for adding richness to a variety of both savory and sweet dishes. I can't find creme fraiche in stores in my area, but I can make it.
  • 1 cup cream (whipping cream from the dairy case)
  • 2 tablespoons of buttermilk
  1. Pour cream into a non reactive container. I use a mason jar
  2. Add the butter milk and mix well.
  3. Allow to stand on the counter, at room temperature (approximately 70 degrees) for 8 to 24 hours or until it thickens.
  4. Cook's Note: If your kitchen is cooler, it will take longer for the creme fraiche to set up.
  5. Store Creme Fraiche in the refrigerator for 10 - 14 days.

Creme Fraiche--Simple to make at home from two simple, easy to find ingredients.

Nutrition Information is for 1 tablespoon of Creme Fraiche.

Nutrition Facts
Amount Per Serving
Calories 46
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4.6g
Saturated Fat 3.1g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 18mg
Sodium 7mg
Total Carbohydrates 0.5g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0.1g
Protein 0.3g
Vitamin D 34%
Potassium 0%
Calcium 1%
Iron 0%

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