Homemade Crème Fraîche

Crème Fraîche is a rich and thick French-style sour cream. It can be expensive and hard to find, this homemade version is easy, tangy and delicious. Perfect in sweet or savoury dishes.


1 cup whipping cream (35%)
1/4 cup buttermilk


Combine whipping cream and buttermilk in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature for 2 to 3 days, until thickened.

Stir gently. Cover and refrigerate. Use within 1 week. The crème fraîche will thicken further when chilled.

For a dessert topping, stir in 1 tsp. vanilla and sweeten with icing sugar to taste.

Yield: About 1 cup