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Crème Fraîche - how to make recipe

A good crème fraiche substitute can be made by following the instructions below. But you have to plan ahead.

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Key Features

  • Suitable for Vegetarians


½ pint/300ml Double Cream

¼ pint/150ml Sour Cream or 2 dessertspoons (30ml) of Buttermilk (the former can be made by simply adding 1 dessertspoon of lemon juice to double cream)


1. Stir the ingredients together in a non-reactive saucepan - so stainless-steel or glass, but not aluminium)

2. Heat this over a low heat until it is warm, but not in any way hot.

3. Pour into a very clean bowl or jar and leave this at room temperature until it sets - this may take a few hours.

4. Refrigerate until needed.

The finished crème should keep as long as the dates on the cream used.

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