Monday, July 21, 2008

Crème Fraîche Recipe - A Science Experiment

So, Bobby Flay calls for Crème Fraîche in this recipe for Grilled Bananas with Maple Crème Fraîche. Last week I made the grilled bananas with just fat free cool whip so this week I thought I would do it just as the recipe calls for. Since Crème Fraîche is so hard to find at the stores & easy to make at home I thought I would give it a try. I researched online & this is what I found.

Crème Fraîche
1 cup heavy whipping cream
2 tblsp buttermilk (some sites say only 1)

Combine well in a glass jar, cover & leave at room temperature in a warm area for 8-24 hours, stirring every 6 hours. It's true, I combined them at 11am on Saturday and by Sunday morning it was very thick and ready to be put in the fridge. Worried about bacteria or spoiling? Don't be, read here for more details. This specific site has a different process which I did not follow. It also states to find pasteurized whipping cream but I was unable to.

For my recipe, I added 1/4 cup maple syrup to it once it thickened and before putting it in the fridge. You can also add vanilla. Just know that by itself it is on the sour side but if you're interested in making your own & then adding whatever sweetness you like, it's nice to say you did it yourself. I think this is a great fresh cream for those who don't like it too sweet in store boughts. It also has a nice subtle nuttiness to it.


Tam said...

OOOO Creme Faiche....sounds great! YUM! Thanks for your congrats on my blog winning! LOL

Lula! said...

I can tell this is fabulously and positively delicious just by looking at the pictures. Yum. I've never made Creme Fraiche, but will definitey try it now.

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Anonymous said...

I used to buy Crème Fraîche all the time in England as it was easy to get and that is how I made my Crème Brulee, it is so much better that way!

By the way, I really think you should come over to my house and cook. Now. I'll make martinis, which I think is a fair trade as they are exceptional!

Emily said...

YUM YUM YUM! This looks divine!

Thanks for your cute comment on my blog! Your kids would love to make some lollies, I just know it!

Life, Love & Lola said...

I'm not a big fruit fan, But I would totally eat this up!

Angela said...

I'm so glad to have a recipe for this, as I too have trouble finding this sometimes. Thanks for sharing!

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