Homemade Crème Fraîche

For ages my mother-in-law has been urging me to make my own crème fraîche. She is right - it is so easy! Now there is no excuse for me to ever buy crème fraîche again.

(Nearly every one of my favorite cookbooks has this recipe)
  • 2 cups heavy cream (not ultra pasteurized)
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk

Pour milk into a clean jar.  

Add buttermilk.

Mix well.

Loosely cover and let sit at room temp for about 24 hours.

Then cover jar tightly and refrigerate for 4 hours to thicken more. Crème fraîche will keep for a week or so if stored in the refrigerator. Stir in a little cream if it gets too thick.

Once I had this luscious jar of crème fraîche in my fridge, I found myself slathering it onto waffles with peaches,  crepes with berries, and veggie soups.


  1. nice to see a recipe with buttermilk since i always have some i need to use up. i always make my creme fraiche with sour cream and heavy cream (julia child's recipe). you whisk it a bit and then let it sit out all afternoon. i love the photo with the twine! wow. and i just got one of those jars. aren't they beautiful?

  2. I didn't know it was so easy to make creme fraiche, I will definitely be trying this soon. It's so versatile...great with soups, desserts, crepes.

    don't you love those weck jars???

  3. P and M, I do love the Weck Jars! So pretty that it is fun to find any excuse to use them.
    You guys must try this simple creme fraiche technique. And P, I too am happy to have a way to use leftover buttermilk - it always got poured out at our house. Never again!

  4. mmmmmmmm, I love creame fraiche. This is an excellent excuse to make some Right Now :)

  5. LHC - do it:) You will be so happy.

  6. This might sound silly, but I didn't even know you could MAKE creme fraiche, I've just always bought it. How cool!

  7. AnonymousJune 17, 2010

    Pleasant memory of that garden and visiting your family there. - Shirley Riley

  8. Curious Baker, isn't it funny how get so used to buying the simplest things instead of making them at home! I always feel so empowered to add one of these to my repertoire. Love your blog by the way. So nice to see great GF baked treats:)

    Shirley, So nice to hear from you. We did have fun times didn't we? LOL

  9. i am so excited to try this recipe! i made vanilla bean pound cake and think it would be amazing with a dollop of crème fraîche and strawberries or chocolate shavings.


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