Creme fraiche, pronounced “crem fresh,” meaning “fresh cream,” is a soured cream containing 30-45% butter fat. To provide you with a comparison, heavy whipping cream contains at least 36% butterfat. It is predominently used in France, but is finally manufactured in the United States (U.S.). It is found in specialty stores, however, it is still very difficult to find in the U.S. I have seen a few recipes online for a creme fraiche substitute, but you have to wait overnight or several hours for it to sour using buttermilk or yogurt, but I do not feel good about leaving dairy out overnight.
An easy creme fraiche substitute recipe that you can use immediately.
- 1/2 cup sour cream and
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- Whisk them together and use as directed.
If you don't mind leaving leaving dairy out for 24 hours, try 1 cup of heavy whipping cream with 1 Tablespoon of buttermilk. It turns out a bit of a lemon flavored creme fraiche.