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Crème Fraîche

Definition: Crème Fraîche

Crème fraîche
A heavy French cream that has been slightly soured by bacterial cultures. It's similar to American sour cream, but has a thinner texture and less sour flavor, with a higher fat content, lower protein amount, and lower viscosity.

Unlike its American counterpart, crème fraîche can form peaks when whipped, and it can be cooked without curdling. Crème fraîche is a versatile addition to many dishes, including smoked fish, soups, and fresh fruit desserts.


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milosmommy milosmommy 7 years
I'm curious to know too how similar it is to the mexican version Crema Fresca, because it sounds like a pretty close cousin/
kiwitwist kiwitwist 7 years
So question, can you not cook sour cream?
shoneyjoe shoneyjoe 7 years
When I was in the UK, we used to have to use creme fraiche on nachos instead of sour cream. We also couldn't find plain tortilla chips, so we had to use Doritos Cool Ranch, which is called Cool Original there, since the Brits don't really know what ranch dressing is.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 7 years
I've only had it once, and I was expecting something sweet. I thought it had gone bad or something when I actually tasted it. Knowing it's supposed to be sour cream-like, maybe I'll give it another shot.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
thank you for finally explaining what this is. if you watch the food network - the hosts are ALWAYS using creme freche and i had a sense of what it was - but i wasn't sure - and i've been too lazy to look it up myself!
Twinkle1 Twinkle1 7 years
Same here, Finn.
CoconutPie CoconutPie 7 years
I love crème fraîche! :drool: I think I might even be using it a bit too much...
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