Creme Fraiche Substitute (Naturally Gluten Free)

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.

I needed a creme fraiche substitute when I made my Gluten Free Red Velvet Pancakes (which turned out amazing, by the way) and used a mixture of heavy whipping cream and apple cider vinegar. Since then, I have been experimenting and even tried the buttermilk and heavy whipping cream idea. I finally found the perfect combination of ingredients and amounts, and it doesn’t have to be left out overnight. You can use it immediately. Tomorrow I’ll be posting my new Gluten Free Caramel Cheesecake recipe which calls for this creme fraiche substitute recipe.

Creme Fraiche Substitute (Naturally Gluten Free)


Yield: Makes 1 cup creme fraiche.

Creme Fraiche Substitute (Naturally Gluten Free)

An easy creme fraiche substitute recipe that you can use immediately.


  • 1/2 cup sour cream and
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream


  1. 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.

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