Creme Fraiche Recipe - What is Creme Fraiche?
Creme Fraiche Recipe
This creme fraiche recipe could come in handy if you plan on doing a lot of French cooking. Crème fraîche is a common ingredient in French recipes, both sweet and savory, but you may have trouble finding it in your local grocery store. Or if you do find it, you may be having an issue with the price.
What is crème fraîche?
If you leave cream sitting around for a bit, the naturally present bacteria will eventually sour and thicken it. This is the original crème fraîche. It is somewhat similar to sour cream, but thicker and more velvety in texture, nutty and less sour in taste. It also holds up better to cooking, resisting curdling and making it an ideal ingredient to stir into sauces, soups and all sorts of recipes.
The French take their crème fraîche seriously and you can even find it with an AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée). If the label reads Crème Fraîche d'Isigny that indicates that it was produced in a precisely defined geographical area in Normandy, a land of green pastures and fat, happy cows.
Uses for crème fraîche
You can use crème fraiche in any recipe where whipping cream or sour cream is called for. It will give the same richness, but also a little something extra for flavor.
Unlike sour cream, it can be heated and will not separate. However, it is always a good idea not to overdo it, and adding it at the end of the recipe works best for stove top cooking.
You can whip it, and it will incoporate some air and becoming fluffier. However, it will not puff up as much as whipped cream.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
OK, I'm not going to lie to you and tell you that this creme fraiche recipe tastes and acts just like the real thing, but it does make a fair substitute especially if you are planning on using it as an ingredient in other recipes. Just so you know what you're aiming at you might like to buy the real thing one time. Of course you might get hooked and have to move to France so you can eat it all the time!
Makes about 2 cups
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