Crme frache is a thick and velvety smooth soured cream mixture that turns up in many recipes, especially French ones. It can be difficult to find at the local market; fortunately, it is easy to make at home. When using crme frache in recipes, be sure to give it sufficient time to thicken and sour.
(Pronounced krem fresh)
1 tablespoon buttermilk or sour cream
1 cup heavy cream
Stir the buttermilk and cream together in a glass jar or bowl. Cover with a kitchen towel and allow to sit out in a warm place (like the top of the refrigerator) overnight.
Mixture will thicken and sour as it sits. Refrigerate any leftovers.
Makes 1 cup.
1 cup sour cream, chilled
1 cup heavy cream, chilled
Whisk the sour cream and heavy cream together in small bowl until mixed thoroughly.
Mixture can be used immediately or allowed to sit at room temperature for a one to two hours to thicken and sour some more.
Makes 2 cups.
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