crème fraîche


 also  ˈkrēm-,
ˈkrām- How to pronounce crème fraîche (audio)
variants or crème fraiche
: heavy cream thickened and slightly soured with buttermilk and often served on fruit

Examples of crème fraîche in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mix in the vanilla and almond extracts until combined, then beat in the creme fraiche and mix until smooth. Melissa Clark, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Mar. 2024 Zoe's Creme Fraiche Pancakes get their richness from a mix of whole milk, sour cream, and creme fraiche. Karla Walsh, Better Homes & Gardens, 22 Mar. 2024 The tuna and hamachi tartare with dashi creme fraiche and Kaspia Royal Oscietra Caviar is the height of indulgence. Paula Conway, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Order the Regis Ova Caviar Bites, a Be Bubbly specialty of creme fraiche toasts topped with dill, kettle chips and, of course, caviar. Catherine Garcia, theweek, 30 Jan. 2024 Add a tablespoon of white wine vinegar and leave it for five minutes, then stir in a cup of creme fraiche. David Tanis, San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Dec. 2023 The golden rounds come with lemon creme fraiche for dunking and are breaded in rice flour, hence gluten-free. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, 24 Nov. 2023 Deb Goulding’s gazpacho Nice with a dollop of basil creme fraiche. Rita Nader Heikenfeld, The Enquirer, 18 Aug. 2023 The starter was a roasted cauliflower steak with cauliflower puree, crispy potato shoestrings with creme fraiche, and caviar. Stephanie Wenger, Peoplemag, 31 Aug. 2022

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Word History


French, literally, fresh cream

First Known Use

1950, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of crème fraîche was in 1950

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“Crème fraîche.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Apr. 2024.

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