Crème fraîche is a French soured cream. It’s a very similar product to sour cream but it is made in a slightly different way. It can be used in both sweet and savoury dishes.
The uses for crème fraîche are almost endless! Crème fraîche is used both hot and cold dishes, both sweet and savoury.
- It’s a great addition to soups. Incorporating crème fraîche to soups gives them a silky texture and a subtle flavour. Alternatively, it can be spooned on top as a garnish.
- It makes a quick and easy pasta sauce. Simply mix into freshly cooked pasta with smoked salmon for a quick dinner option.
- With the addition of some chopped herbs and some seasoning, crème fraîche can be a great base for dips or salad dressing.
- Crème fraîche is also a great alternative for mayonnaise in may dish, try adding it to potato salad instead!
- Try using it as a sauce for grilled or pan-fried chicken.
You can also use it in curry and in fish pies!
- Crème fraîche is great on the side pies, cakes and other sweet treats. Try adding a dollop to your desserts for a rich and tangy contrasting flavour.
- Mixed with some icing sugar it can be used as cake icing.
- It is occasionally used in batter for cakes, muffins and even pancakes for a heavier texture.
- It can also substitute cream cheese in cheesecake recipes
Crème fraîche and Sour cream
These products are all very similar and are all used in similar ways.
Crème fraîche and Sour cream are basically the same thing, they both have a zesty flavour and a creamy texture. However, crème fraîchehas a much higher butterfat content of 45% compared to sour cream that only contains about 20% fat. This makes crème fraîche richer and creamier