How To Eat Crème Fraîche
CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che, (commonly pronounced as krem fresh) a decadent form of sour cream, was first developed in the France and like so many other French delicacies, the rich texture and flavor of the dish will leave you asking for more! I love to eat CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che with fresh strawberries or blueberries (whichever is available). But there are many more ways of eating CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che and enjoying its divine textural flavors. So, if you are trying to figure out the different ways or recipes in which you can use that bottle of CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che, then do read onâ¦
Before I start explaining about the how to eat CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che, allow me to introduce you to the method of making this delectable food. I would like to call CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che as a tasty hybrid of sour cream and yogurt. The basic process of making CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che involves mixing warmed thick cream (36% to 40% fat) with buttermilk or a culture of lactic acid bacteria, and allowing the cream to ferment at room temperature till the cream thickens and gets a rich creamy consistency. The CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che, thus prepared, will store well for 7 to 10 days in refrigerator.
Though CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che seems to be a type of sour cream, it is way better than normal sour cream on several counts; it tastes better, has a richer texture, nuttier aroma, and most importantly unlike sour cream (or fresh cream for that matter), CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che does not curdle on cooking and can be whipped into a frosty delight.
Now, getting back to âhow to eat CrÃ¨me fraÃ®cheââ¦well, there are hundreds of ways in which you can eat CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che, you can eat it as is, use it as a dessert, as a part of other recipes, bake it, cook it....the list is endless. However, to give you a fair idea I have listed down a few ways in which you might choose to use CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che.
â¢ The sweet top up: CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che, as such has a relatively bland taste; however, add a little sugar or syrup and it transforms into a luxurious topping that will surely accentuate the taste of your desserts, be it simple cut fruits, ice creams, puddings, or anything else.
â¢ A savory delight: The neutral taste of CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che allows it to be used as a topping for both sweet and savory dishes. Try adding a drizzle of CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che to transform a simple dish of fritters into an exotic snack platter. You can also try topping other dishes like smoked fish, salmon roe (an affordable substitute for caviar), breaded chicken, soups, etc. with CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che
â¢ Salad dressing: Mixed with some salt, pepper, and chives CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che makes a delicious dressing for all types of salads (cooked or raw). Moreover, unlike sour cream, CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che is quite resistant to curdling; hence, no need to worry about watery salads.
â¢ Cake frosting: CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che is a healthier alternative to traditional cake frosting. CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che frosting is easy to make, tastes just like normal cake frosting, and with the presence of the healthy probiotic bacteria - its healthy too.
â¢ Thickening agent: Since, CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che does not curdle, it can be mixed with a variety of soups, sauces, and gravies to give a richer and creamier texture to the dish.
This is just an overview of the ways of eating CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che and there are definitely several more ways of including CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che in your food and enjoying this rich textured delight. For more CrÃ¨me fraÃ®che recipes do refer to this link.
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