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Crème Fraîche


Crème Fraîche

Crème Fraîche.

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Definition: Crème Fraîche is a version of sour cream with a mildly tart flavor. Crème fraîche has a thinner consistency than sour cream.

Compared with ordinary cream, crème fraîche is less prone to curdling when simmered, making it good for cooking. It's also an ideal thickener for soups and sauces.

Crème fraîche can be spooned over fresh fruits or cooked vegetables and is often used as a garnish with soups. Crème fraîche can be used anywhere you might use sour cream, like over a baked potato for instance.

Crème fraîche is available in many specialty food stores, but it's easy to make your own. Here's a simple crème fraîche recipe:

Crème Fraîche Recipe:

  1. Stir 1 Tbsp buttermilk into 1 cup heavy cream in a saucepan.
  2. Gently heat until it is slightly warm, and then transfer it to a glass bowl.
  3. Cover the bowl with a clean dishcloth and let stand at room temperature for 24 hours.
  4. Stir and refrigerate until chilled.
For a crème fraîche substitute, you can use ordinary sour cream or Crema Mexicana.

Also see: How to Make Buttermilk


Pronunciation: krem fresh

Common Misspellings: Creme fresh

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