Creme Fraiche

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Recipe by Gingerbee

Creme Fraiche (pronounced "fresh") is not an item easily found in local grocery stores, in certain parts of the country. The French use it often in cooking and whenever a recipe called for this ingredient, of course, I didn't have it! Then Food & Wine published it and I use it again and again. I always have it on hand in the refrigerator just "in case" I have to use my imagination and whip up a sauce for something fast! A tablespoon of creme fraiche swished into the drippings of any pan roasted pork chop or chicken breast (& a dash of white wine) turns it into an amazing meal. If you don't know about this wonderful cream, try it and you'll find more uses to this "secret" ingredient :)

Top Review by HeatherFeather

I am delighted to now have this great recipe for creme fraiche! I often make recipes that call for creme fraiche,which can be a pricey and hard to find ingredient in the USA. My local grocery just stopped carrying creme fraiche, so I decided to give this recipe a try. It was surprisingly simple to prepare and came out perfectly. I halved the recipe and it came out just right.


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream and buttermilk.
  2. Cover the bowl with a towel and let stand in a warm place until thickened, about 12 hours.
  3. When thickened, cover bowl tightly and refrigerate until well chilled, 2 to 3 hours.
  4. The Creme Fraiche can be refrgerated, tightly covered for up to 2 weeks.

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