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Emeril's Homemade Creme Fraiche

From 'Farm to Fork'

GMA Recipes Dessert
Difficulty: Easy
Cook Time: min

A recipe for do-it-yourself thickened cream with a subtle nutty flavor.


  • 1 teaspoon well-shaken buttermilk
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Cooking Directions

    Combine the buttermilk and cream in a small saucepan, and heat gently to lukewarm (100°F).

    Transfer the mixture to a small container and let it sit, lightly covered, at room temperature until thickened to the consistency of sour cream. Depending on the temperature of the room, this can take between 12 and 36 hours, with overnight being the general rule.

    Stir the thickened creme fraiche. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to use. It will continue to thicken and take on a tangier flavor as it ages. The creme fraiche will keep for up to 10 days.

    Makes 1 cup

    * Recipe courtesy Emeril Lagasse, "Farm to Fork: Cooking Local, Eating Fresh" courtesy MSLO, Inc

    Food styled by Karen Pickus

    Recipe Summary

    Main Ingredients: buttermilk, heavy cream

    Course: Dessert, Snack

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