Crème fraîche and I go way back. My first taste of this velvety, cultured cream was in high school when I worked at a gourmet food store under the tutelage of a young woman named Julie. She had clear, pale blue eyes, dressed only pastels, and was rumored to be having a love affair with the shop owner.  Julie was soft spoken and smart, feminine and fierce, the big sister I wish I’d had, and the embodiment of what I hoped to one day become. Everything she taught me about food, I absorbed like it was my new religion. This included the wonder of crème fraîche in cooking.

Crème Fraîche Whipped Cream

Back then, store bought crème fraîche was hard to come by and Julie showed me how to make it from scratch. Today, though, we are lucky to have Bellwether Farms, which makes a stellar,  award winning crème fraîche that is as creamy as anything that might come from my own kitchen (it’s the preferred brand among US chefs). Today I’m sharing one of my favorite ways to put Bellwether Farms to good use in this ridiculously delicious spin on standard whipped cream. 

To be sure, whipped cream plain and simple is a beautiful thing. But folded into lightly sweetened crème fraîche? It will up your dessert game when spooned onto everything from piles of fresh berries to Thanksgiving pies. Here’s why:

    1. Flavor

      The mild cultured tang of crème fraîche adds a layer of interest and flavor that enhances whatever dessert it’s destined for.

    2. Texture

      It’s got more body than whipped cream alone, like eating clouds. I dare you to NOT lick your fingers.

    3. Longevity

      Crème Fraîche Whipped Cream has more staying power than just whipped cream. Make it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until ready to use. A few turns with a whisk and your luscious cream will be as good as new.

Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream

It’s wonderful served over berries, on pies and tarts, or spooned alongside tender cooked fruit, such as Roasted Apricots or the Baked Apples in Rise & Shine.

For more recipe inspiration on using crème fraîche, you might like this recipe for Herb Crème Fraîche with Grilled Vegetables or the recipes on the Bellwether Farms website.

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Crème Fraîche Whipped Cream

Whipped cream plain and simple is a beautiful thing. But folded into lightly sweetened crème fraîche? It will up your dessert game when spooned onto everything from piles of fresh berries to Thanksgiving pies. It also has a flavorful tang, velvety texture, and more sturdiness than whipped cream alone. I dare you not to lick the bowl.
Course Dessert
Servings 2 1/2 cups
Author katiemorford

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche , such as Bellwether Farms
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, whisk together the crème fraîche, sugar, and vanilla until smooth.
  2. In a separate large bowl, whip the cream until it reaches stiff peaks.
  3. Add the crème fraîche to the bowl with the whipped cream. Use a rubber spatula to gently fold them together until smooth and blended.
  4. Serve immediately or cover and refrigerate until ready to use. If refrigerated, whisk gently a few times before serving. Ideally served within a day or two, but will keep for several days.

Creme Fraiche Whipped Cream