Crème Fraîche, French for “fresh cream,” is a heavy cream that has been slightly soured. However, it is mild and sweet with a smooth texture.
Crème Fraîche is delicious whipped with powdered sugar and vanilla. It can be ladled over fresh fruit, or used as a dessert topping or sweet filling for crêpes. But Crème Fraîche also blends well into savory soups, pasta dishes and casseroles, and adds richness and body to sauces. It also makes a good substitute for mayonnaise in dips, especially a creamy blue cheese dip with a healthy dash of pepper.
Once opened, Crème Fraîche should remain chilled and used within 5 days.