Homemade Creme Fraiche Recipe
I used to buy creme fraiche until I discovered how easy and simple it was to make it myself. If you're having difficulty trying to find a store where you can buy creme fraiche, you'll be pleased to learn that you can easily make it yourself with just two ingredients - heavy cream and buttermilk. This homemade creme fraiche recipe is a million times better than store bought and is so simple that I hardly consider it a "recipe." Once you learn how to make creme fraiche, you'll never go back to that inferior store bought stuff.
What is creme fraiche?
Creme fraiche, pronounced "krem fresh," which means "fresh cream" in french, is a cultured sour cream made from buttermilk and heavy cream. It's an extremely versatile ingredient and can be used in both savory dishes such as grilled asparagus, and desserts like panna cotta. It's flavor and texture is close to that of American sour cream, but in my opinion, is much more subtle and refined in flavor and makes everything taste extremely delicious. In other words, if butter and sour cream had a baby, it would probably taste like creme fraiche.
1 Cup heavy cream
2 tablespoons buttermilk
1. In a glass container, combine and mix the heavy cream and buttermilk. Cover with plastic wrap and leave it out on your kitchen counter at room temperature for 24 hours. After 24 hours the mixture should have thickened and should be stored in your refrigerator, it will stay fresh for a couple of weeks.
Here's what your creme fraiche should look like about 15 hours later, it should have thickened and will have a "stringy" consistency when spooned.
After the full 24 hours, your creme fraiche should be thicker and more easily picked up with a spoon. At this point it's ready to eat and can be put in your fridge, where it'll thicken up a little more.
p.s. if you plan on making more in the future, you can substitute the 2 tablespoons of buttermilk in the recipe with your own homemade creme fraiche. The resulting creme fraiche will be stickier, tastier, and super awesome.
What did you use your creme fraiche for? Post a comment and let me know what you made!