A matured, thickened cream that has a slightly tangy, nutty flavor and velvety rich texture. The thickness of crme frache can range from that of commercial sour cream to almost as solid as room-temperature margarine. In France, where crme frache is a specialty, the cream is unpasteurized and therefore contains the bacteria necessary to thicken it naturally. In America, where all commercial cream is pasteurized, the fermenting agents necessary for crme frache can be obtained by adding buttermilk or sour cream. To make your own: combine 1 cup whipping cream and 2 tablespoons buttermilk in a glass container. Cover and let stand at room temperature (about 70¡F) from 8 to 24 hours, or until very thick. Stir well before covering and refrigerate up to 10 days. Crme frache is the ideal addition for sauces or soups because it can be boiled without curdling. It's delicious spooned over fresh fruit or other desserts such as warm cobblers or puddings.
Meaning of CREME FRAICHE in English
English dictionary of cooking and food terms. Английский словарь терминов приготовления и условий питания. 2012