Crème De La Crème

Feel free to eat it right from the spoon, although personally I prefer to have a small bowlful. No, it’s not yogurt, since as a low carb eater yogurt is pretty much off limits to me. It is, I promise you, something much more delicious, and perfectly low carb. It’s crème fraîche, (which you pronounce crem fresh) and which is France’s gift to low carb eating. It’s easy to make at home, and certainly much cheaper than buying it, if you can even find it in your store. If you’ve been missing yogurt, or wincing over the carb content, you are going to love this.

Of course, everyone can enjoy this, not just low-carbers,

and you can use it in any recipe that calls for crème fraîche, as well in recipes that use sour cream. I like to put a few walnuts or almonds in a little bowl, just like the one Zazou is using here, and smother them in crème fraîche for dessert, or if you eat berries, you could use them instead of the nuts.

It’s pure cream, cultured to be very slightly sour, much less so than sour cream. Cream has only 6.5 gms of carbs per cup, and you know you won’t eat a whole cup! To me 1/4 cup or maybe 1/3 cup is a serving, so it’s practically carb-free.

Homemade Crème Fraîche

2 cups heavy cream (the best-tasting cream you can find, organic if possible)
1/4 cup buttermilk (get one with live cultures, organic if possible)

Mix together in a jar, cover, and set on the counter in a warm room for 24-36 hours, until nicely thickened. Refrigerate and eat. Now, when you have about 1/4 cup left in your jar, add 2 cups more cream and repeat, and keep doing that forever. Your first batch will taste a lot like buttermilk, but each successive batch will mellow out until after 3-4 times you have an incredibly luscious thick cream to eat instead of yogurt.

If you’ve ever kept a sourdough starter or made your own vinegar, you’ll enjoy this process.  If you have cats, they’ll enjoy it too. And remember, your crème fraîche jar is a living thing, so treat it well, feed it often, and you’ll always have a delicious little dessert on hand.

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2 Comments on “Crème De La Crème”

  1. Dakari Wikkeling Says:

    I have always assumed that anything made with heavy cream is very fattening and therefore off limits. Why wouldn’t this be? Just wondering..

  2. Abra Bennett Says:

    Dakari – I’m diabetic, and I control my blood sugar with diet alone. I try to get 70-75% of my calories from fat, which is actually fairly hard to do. This recipe helps a lot.

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